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In an exciting development, Dwayne Johnson's upcoming Black Adam movie has enlisted an iconic Bond actor to play a classic DC superhero. Pierce Brosnan has been cast as Kent Nelson, aka the all-powerful Doctor Fate. He'll star opposite Johnson's titular Black Adam for a movie that I'm starting to get more and more hyped about.
The Hollywood Reporter and Deadline confirmed Brosnan's casting as Doctor Fate, who I suppose I'd best describe to those unfamiliar with the character as DC's Doctor Strange. Except of course Doctor Fate made his debut in the 1940s, many, many years before Marvel's Sorcerer Supreme arrived on the scene. Oh, and Nelson is granted his impressive magical prowess via a dangerous artefact known as the Helmet Of Fate, which channels the spirit of the original Doctor Fate. It's a whole thing. Okay, so maybe he isn't that much like Doctor Strange at all, other than the fact they're both wizards.
Doctor Fate also happens to be a founding member of the Justice Society Of America, a DC super-team that fought on the side of good decades before the Justice League. It's understood that Black Adam will serve as the big screen debut of this particular superteam, whose members include Hawkman and Cyclone.
Given the fact that Black Adam himself is something of an anti-hero/outright villain depending on his mood, I can't imagine that his meeting with Doctor Fate and the JSA will be particularly amicable. I also don't fancy the JSA's chances. Black Adam is a powerhouse, y'all.
Black Adam has been in some form of development or other for years now. Johnson was originally supposed to appear in 2019's Shazam! as the main villain, but plans were ultimately reworked to give Johnson a solo film. No doubt Black Adam and Shazam will meet at some point, though, as the two have a long and storied history that's begging to be explored on the big screen.
Jaume Collet-Serra is set to direct Black Adam, and filming is currently scheduled to commence in April. A release date has yet to be nailed down, because the world is currently an unpredictable and hellish rollercoaster that refuses to slow down for even a second.
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