'Black Adam': Who is Pierce Brosnan's Doctor Fate?

'Black Adam': Who is Pierce Brosnan's Doctor Fate?
Pierce Brosnan as Kent Nelson aka Doctor Fate in a still from 'Black Adam' (IMDb)

Dwayne Johnson's 'Black Adam' is one of the much-awaited superhero blockbusters of 2022, and sees an influx of new superheroes and villains. The film helmed by 'House of Wax's Jaume Collet-Serra is based on a screenplay by Adam Sztykiel, Rory Haines, and Sohrab Noshirvani. It sees new faces in Aldis Hodge and Sarah Shahi as Hawk Man and Adrianna Tomaz, respectively. Noah Centineo plays Albert "Al" Rothstein /Atom Smasher, while Marwan Kenzari plays Ishmael Gregor /Sabbac. Quintessa Swindell appears as Maxine Hunkel /Cyclone alongside Bodhi Sabongui as Amon.

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Of interest is former 'James Bond' star Pierce Brosnan's Doctor Fate who makes his maiden appearance. While the character has been showcased in DC's animated content 'Justice League: Animated' and 'Cadmus Crisis', the live-action role is set to begin with 'Black Adam'.

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Who is Doctor Fate?

Originally introduced during the Golden Age of Comic Books, Kent Nelson/Doctor Fate served as an agent for the Lords of Order — a group of mystical beings of magic dedicated to protecting the universe from magical threats. During an archaeological expedition with his father, Nelson accidentally awakens Nabu in a way that ends up with the death of his father. Pitying the boy for losing his father, Nabu ages him into a man before training him in the art of magic to be his agent. He eventually becomes a mystical crime fighter and defender.

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Fandom's description of the character reads, "Dr Kent Nelson is Doctor Fate, a powerful sorcerer, and agent for the Lords of Order who fights evil alongside his wife Inza. His amulet, cloak, and helmet are creations of the ancient Nabu who acts as his mentor and spiritual guide. He is a founding member of the Justice Society of America." His first appearance was in More Fun Comics #55 in 1940. 

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The official synopsis of the movie reads, "From New Line Cinema, Dwayne Johnson stars in the action-adventure 'Black Adam'. The first-ever feature film to explore the story of the DC Super Hero comes to the big screen under the direction of Jaume Collet-Serra ('Jungle Cruise'). Nearly 5,000 years after he was bestowed with the almighty powers of the ancient gods—and imprisoned just as quickly—Black Adam (Johnson) is freed from his earthly tomb, ready to unleash his unique form of justice on the modern world."

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'Black Adam' releases on October 21, 2022, in the United States.

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