Black Adam, the upcoming Warner Bros. film about the DC Comics anti-hero, has found its last member of the Justice Society of America.
Deadline reported that former James Bond star Pierce Brosnan was selected to play the role of Dr Fate and, in the process, the British actor has completed the main cast of the film before filming begins next month.
The news was later confirmed by Black Adam main star Dwayne “ The Rock ” Johnson on Instagram. You can check out Johnson’s announcement below:
Dr. Fate de Brosnan is joined on the Justice Society of America roster by Hawkman (Aldis Hodge), Cyclone (Quintessa Swindell) and Atom Smasher (Noah Centineo). Sarah Shahi was also chosen as the superhero Isis, but she is not a member of the Justice Society.
There is currently no official release date for Black Adam due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The film was slated to land in theaters on December 22, 2021, with principal photography set to begin in July 2020. However, production on the Shazam spinoff won’t start for three weeks, so don’t expect it to hit theaters until. ‘in 2022.
Black Adam: Who is Dr. Fate?
Dr. Fate – real name Kent Nelson – is a founding member of the Justice Society of America. There have been several iterations of the character in the comics, but Nelson is the original Dr. Fate.
In the source material, Nelson discovers the tomb of the sorcerer Nabu during an expedition to the Valley of Ur. After Kent accidentally frees Nabu from a suspended animation, he inadvertently kills his father when Nabu’s awakening releases poison gas. Taking pity on the boy, Nabu teaches him the ways of the wizard over the next two decades. Upon completing his training, Nabu presents Kent with a magical helmet, amulet, and cloak. It’s the helmet that is the true source of Dr. Fate’s powers, but it has many overkill abilities that will be essential in taking on Black Adam in the film adaptation.
Dr. Fate’s powers include spell, flight, superhuman strength, healing, telekinesis, and teleportation. The superhero has other abilities, but it’s unclear how many iteration of Brosnan will have. Black Adam is an extremely powerful being, so Dr. Fate and his fellow Justice Society members will need all the powers they can muster. However, Warner Bros. is unlikely to use all of Dr. Fate’s abilities in the film, otherwise he could potentially face off against Black Adam on his own, negating the appearance of other members of Justice Society.