The impending release of 'The Dark Knight Rises' notwithstanding, and the 'Man of Steel' film currently in production, things are looking pretty bleak for DC on the movie front...in stark contrast to the overwhelming success of 'The Avengers' and the revelation of Marvel Studios' framework for 'Phase Two' of the shared movie-verse.
Well, God alone knows when we'll get to see the likes of Flash, Aquaman, Wonder Woman and someday the entire Justice League on screen. But it doesn't hurt to dream. So on this thread, you can post you're ideas for any DC live-action movie; be it an adaptation of a character not done before, a team film, a reboot, a direct adaptation...anything at all!
That said, here's one film idea I've had for quiet a while now, about a character who has hardly figured in any discussions so far on future DC films-
In my version, the story would be set in the present day. The protagonist would be Carter Hall, a renowned and wealthy archaeologist and explorer, with a particular affinity for Ancient Egypt. After studying certain obscure legends (including some paintings of the hawk-like alien creatures), Carter has decided to investigate theories that aliens arrived on earth during the time of the Ancient Egyptians and that there may be extra-terrestrial remains buried amidst the pyramids. So he embarks on an expedition, ultimately coming across the tomb of a ruler named Prince Khufu. He finds a secret underground space within Khufu's tomb which contains the ruins of a crashed space-craft. Carter and his team board the space-craft and find advanced alien technology, as well as the embalmed corpses of what appear to be humanoid alien warriors. They also find battle garb which includes wings and special harnesses, as well as hawk-like masks. Carter discovers a device called the Absorbascon, and it psychically bonds with him and reveals to him about an alien planet called Thanagarian-a civilization constantly embroiled in intergalactic war. During one such war, centuries ago, this particular Thanagarian military vessel crash-landed on earth. Most of the warriors were killed in the crash, and the few who survived were taken care off on the orders of Prince Khufu, but ultimately they succumbed to their injuries and to earthly diseases they were not immune to. Fearful that the advanced technology of the Thanagarians could fall into the wrong hands, Khufu concealed the existence of the aliens and had the alien craft and the warriors buried, though rumors and legends persisted. The Absorbascon also tells Carter of the Nth metal, which was utilized in a lot of Thanagarian technology, including the anti-gravity harness, which was supported by wings. The Thangarians as a culture worshiped hawk-like deities, and had a natural affinity towards flying creatures, thus explaning the hawk motif.
Carter manages to get a lot of the alien technology shipped back to his laboratories in New York. While he reveals his discovery of Khufu's tomb and its treasures to the world, his team keeps the discovery of alien tech to themselves, though Carter does eventually confide in his fiancee Shiera Saunders. Carter experiments with the Thanagarian tech, reconstructing one of the warrior's anti-gravity harnesses and wings; he also discovers that his exposure to the Absorbascon has granted him some of the Thanagarian affinity for flying creatures, giving him a degree of psychic rapport with birds. We also learn that Carter has long been fascinated by antique weapons and has even trained himself in their use.
In the meantime, one of Carter's assistants, a man named Carl Sands, who has secretly been involved in criminal activities in the past, is lured by the Thanagarian tech, and steals one piece of Thangarian technology, which allows him to shift into an intangible shadowy state. He begins to use it at first to go on a crime spree, robbing not only banks and jewelery stores, but eventually military and government secrets which he sells to the highest bidder. The newspapers begin to dub this mysterious criminal as the 'Shadow Thief'. As Carter reads more about the 'Shadow Thief', he realizes that the criminal is utilizing some of his hidden Thanagarian tech and that its likely a member of the team. Eventually, he and Shiera together discover that Sands is the culprit, and that furthermore, he has stolen more Thanagarian weapons from Carter's lab, with the intention of selling them to terrorists and arms dealers.
Carter decides that he alone can hope to thwart the 'Shadow Thief' since he is aware of the strengths and weaknesses of Thanagarian tech (he alone was somehow able to bond with the Absorbascon). So he dons the garb of a Thangarian warrior, including the anti-gravity harness and wings, and also takes with him a mace (since he is primarily skilled in using ancient weapons) and battles Sands and his henchmen. He defeats the henchmen but Sands gets away. Carter is seen and the media dubs his costumed self as 'Hawkman'.
Sands then kidnaps Shiera and keeps her hostage in an attempt to get Carter of his back while he tries to auction the Thanagarian tech he has stolen, including the Absorbascon. Carter however does show up and fights the terrorists. Some of them attempt to use the Thangarian weapons, but ultimately Carter succeeds in disabling the weapons owing to his knowledge of them and cornering Sands. Sands attempts to interface with the Absorbascon in the hopes of learning the secrets of Thangarian tech the way Carter has, but his mind is unable to handle the strain of it and he suffers a seizure of some sort and goes into coma.
In the aftermath, Hawkman is hailed as a hero, though his identity remains unknown. Carter and Shiera have the Thanagarian tech buried once more in Ancient Egypt as Carter believes the world isn't yet ready to use the alien tech and in the wrong hands it can potentially cause a lot of destruction. He does retain the 'Hawkman' suit though and reveals he's designed a harness and a suit for Shiera as well if she so desires. The film ends with the two lovers taking flight together as Hawkman and Hawkgirl.