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Who is Hawkgirl? A Look in to DC’s Legends of Tomorrow’s Heroes Part One

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With DC’s Legends of Tomorrow making its way into the CW to join other superhero shows such as The Flash and Arrow, it’s also bringing in some new heroes as well. To give you some insight into the heroes that will be making up the team as we get closer to the series, we’re giving you a rundown of each member of the Legends  every week. We’re starting off with a superhero who is making her live-action debut for the first time in history: Kendra Saunders, or better known as Hawkgirl.

For those who may not know much about Hawkgirl, don’t worry, we’ll cover most, if not all, of your questions.

Hawkgirl, in the upcoming show, is the ancient warrior persona that manifests itself by sprouting wings that grow out of the back of Kendra Saunders when she is provoked enough. Saunders is just beginning to learn that she has been repeatedly reincarnated over time as the centuries go by.

Now, in the stories, Kendra Saunders was a fairly young woman who experienced a tragedy when her parents were murdered by a corrupt cop. She would later, unfortunately, commit suicide.

After her death, her soul left her body and her body was then entered by her grandfather’s first cousin, Shiera Hall, who was a past version of the Golden Age Hawkgirl. Her grandfather would soon catch on quick to this phenomena due to the change in eye color and encouraged Saunders to embrace her destiny as the new Hawkgirl.

This new version of Hawkgirl would retain all of Kendra’s memories of her past life and would discover the truth about who she really is after an counter with the DC Comics angel Zauriel.

After some time, this Hawkgirl would entirely become Kendra Saunders, leaving Shiera’s soul no choice but to leave Kendra’s body and move on to the afterlife.

Hawkgirl is of Thanagarian race from the planet Thanagar and has been an active member of it’s core army since the beginning of their existence. She gets her powers from a belt made of Nth metal, a substance that’s native to their home planet. The special thing about the metal is that it’s psycho-reactive, meaning that it responds to its bearer’s thoughts. To the Hawks, it gives them the power of flight, superhuman strength, enhanced vision and healing/regeneration. Overall, that metal makes Hawkgirl almost unstoppable as a warrior.

How DC’s Legends of Tomorrow will carry on the legacy that is Hawkgirl is left for you to witness when this team of superheroes debuts in 2016 on SFL-TV, the CW!