This is my idea how to make it work. Perhaps you don't agree with this being appealing to the general movie-goer. The story should focus on archaeologist Carter Hall, who do some diggings in Egypt and during that finds a strange bird-like armour hidden in a secret chamber below the ground. He soon understand that it gives powers to those who wear it. Later on he stumbles across ancient wall drawings of a young man who lookes very much like himself, and learns to know it was a prince. Hall begins to think about destiny, about what he could be meant to do etc This is how the film should be like. A nice little adventure flick, just not as light as Indiana Jones can be from time to time. It will help the film if the story takes itself a little more serious, and not just throw jokes around. When Hawkman appears on the screen, it should be cool, not make you laugh. The sequel matter depends on the success, so it has to be REALLY good and well-done. The after credits sequence could be a alien space rocket coming to earth....or some other thing giving hints about Thanagar. The prince Khufu should not only be the first Hawkman, he should actually be from another planet. That is story material for the second film.