Black Adam has been quite busy with pre-production, as it is starting to unite the various members of the Justice Society of America. There is one addition that was teased during the DC FanDome panel, the mysterious Doctor Fate. There have been many to hold the title and iconic golden helmet. As the film will focus on the JSA, we all assumed it would be the incarnation of Kent Nelson. He was the one to open the tomb of Nabu the Wise, who would mentor him as a sorcerer. He also is the one to bestow him the iconic helmet, amulet, and cloak, which would become iconic aspects of the character. There was no official word on who we can expect, but Illuminerdi might have some info to shed some light on the character’s future.
It seems that the team behind Black Adam is looking for someone in their 30s to play the character. His description states that he is a “kind academic” who “becomes a terrifying force of nature, who sounds and acts differently.” This description fits the dual nature of Doctor Fate, as the mystical helmet was also known to have a mind of its own. He will retain his abilities of telepathy and telekinesis. He will also be able to slow time and alter reality. They are using Sam Rockwell as a reference, but, as Illuminerdi also points out, he is outside of the age range they were aiming for.
Doctor Fate will have his debut on the silver screen, but he was adapted into live-action in the past. Our first real live-action incarnation was on Smallville. We briefly saw his helmet in Constantine. Doctor Fate was also a member of the JSA in Stargirl. Yet, we haven’t gotten a chance to see his abilities in action, as he is quite a beast within the DC Universe. Hopefully, we will get some casting news in the coming months, as the film starts gearing up for production.