First appearance: Flash Comics #1 (1940)

DC is ripe with comic book relics from the Golden Age that simply haven’t aged well at all. Hawkman is a prime example of that. Though there's nothing inherently wrong with the character, there isn’t anything that pops off of the page as cinematic. There are also so many different versions of the character that it’s almost impossible to trudge through his history without getting a continuity-induced headache.

Hawkman is usually portrayed as either being an alien from Thanagar or the reincarnated spirit of an Egyptian Prince, and both of these versions have some real personality issues. When he’s a member of the Justice League or Justice Society he’s a decent role-player. If put into the spotlight, however, a solo Hawkman might be a tough sell for the mainstream.