A Brief History of DC Comics’ Hawk and Dove

It’s official: Hawk and Dove are set to appear in the upcoming ‘Titans’ series! Hank Hall, a.k.a. will be played by Alan Ritchson (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2014, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire) and Dawn Granger, a.k.a Dove will played by Minka Kelly (500 Days of Summer, Friday Night Lights).

While fans have been familiar with previously announced characters like Nightwing, Raven, and Starfire, most were probably not familiar with Hawk and Dove, since they haven’t been around in quite a while. So, we wanted to give you a brief history about Hawk and Dove so you’ll all ready for their first live-action appearance!

Hawk and Dove, the Superhero Sibling Duo!

Hawk and Dove first appeared in a 1968 Showcase as brothers, Hank and Donald Hall, who were given powers of enhanced strength and agility by an entity called “The Voice”. Their personas “Hawk” and “Dove” were reflective of their characteristics, as Hank was portrayed as very aggressive and somewhat hard-headed while Donald was more of a pacifist. They could transform into their superhero personas by shouting their names, “Hawk!” for Hank and “Dove!” for Donald.

Despite their different ideas of how heroes should act, they fought crime together as vigilantes. It just so happened that their father, a judge, strongly disapproved of vigilantes, so that added another dynamic to their venture.

Joining the Teen Titans

One fateful night, the original Teen Titans (Robin, Kid Flash, Speedy, and Wonder Girl) and Hawk and Dove happened to be tracking down the same gang. They team up to take the gang out, and eventually became full members of the Teen Titans. Their initial tenure as Titans was short lived; however, as responsibilities in their hometown forced them to quit.

After some time, a new group of Teen Titans called Titans West formed, consisting of Beast Boy, Lilith, Batgirl, and Golden Eagle. Hawk and Dove joined this time and were full members for years. Their time with the Titans West ended when The Hall brothers became disillusioned with the cultural and political climate of the 1980’s and had their powers revoked by the Voice.

Crisis on Infinite Earths

Hank and Donald came out of retirement when the crisis began, and they joined the battle against Anti-Monitor. During the crisis, Dove makes a fateful decision to save a child from a burning building, but is attacked and murdered by the Shadow Demons. With his brother dead, Hank now had no one to keep him balanced and became more dangerous and unruly.

During the crisis; however, a woman named Dawn Granger was at her wit’s end while trying to find a way to save her mother and dozens of innocent people from a terrorist attack in London. The Voice contacted her and ultimately offered her to become the Dove in order to stop the terrorist. She agrees, and takes up the mantle of the Dove.

Eventually, Hank finds out that his brother’s mantle has been taken by a new person. He’s unhappy at first, but after meeting Dawn and working side-by-side, he warms up to her and they continue to uphold the legacy of Hawk and Dove.

Recent Appearances

Hawk and Dove made appearances in major events in the early 2000’s such as Armageddon, Zero Hour, and Blackest Night.

At the start of the New 52, they had their own series again with Hank Hall and Dawn Granger active in Washington DC. The history of the original Hall brothers gets a little skewed in the New 52 due to an appearance in Titans Hunt, where instead of Don being killed in the Crisis, it’s told that he was killed in a battle with Mister Twister.

As mentioned at the beginning of this post, the Hawk and Dove set to appear in the Titans series are Hank Hall and Dawn Granger, so it will be interesting to see if Granger has already replaced Donald, or if she will be the original Dove in this adaptation.

Either way, we’ll see Hawk and Dove in their first ever live-action appearances on Titans!

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