With production slated to begin in a few short weeks, Dwayne Johnson has just added the final piece to his Black Adam puzzle in the form of former James Bond, Pierce Brosnan and Johnson couldn’t be more thrilled to have the acclaimed actor on board as DC superhero, Dr. Fate.
In his announcement, Dwayne Johnson not only praised Brosnan but also the fact that the cast chosen was both talented as well as diverse.
With Brosnan taking on Dr. Fate/Kent Nelson, it marks the final key member needed for the introduction and big-screen debut of DC’s Justice Society. Brosnan’s addition follows the previous announcements of Aldis Hodge as Hawkman, Noah Centineo as Atom Smasher, and Quintessa Swindell as Cyclone.
With the production of Black Adam ready to roll, it will become the second DC/New Line collaboration following the 2019 commercial and critical hit Shazam! which starred Zachary Levi as Shazam and Angel Asher as Billy Batson. In the comics, Shazam and Black Adam are definitely at odds, so the assumption here is that Black Adam will be the precursor to an eventual Shazam/Black Adam duel.
The Dwayne Johnson-led movie will also see Marwan Kenzari (Aladdin, The Old Guard) star but his character is being kept under tight wraps. The plot of Black Adam is also being heavily guarded though Dwayne Johnson himself recently posted to his Instagram a 3-minute video previewing, as well as reading, the first page of the Black Adam script on top of putting both the DC and Marvel Universe’s on notice that Black Adam has arrived. You can see his video below. You will also see that The Rock has no problem giving a little promotional love to his bottle of Teremana tequila, the brand which he started with co-founders Dany Garcia, Jenna Fagnan, and Ken Austin.
Kent Nelson aka Dr. Fate, is one of DC’s oldest characters, first appearing in the DC comics back in 1940. He is the son of an archeologist who has been taught sorcery and has also been given the Helmet of Fate, along with an amulet and cloak, by the ancient Nabu. Dr. Fate is the founding member of the Justice Society.
Anyone who has followed the path of Black Adam being brought to the big screen knows that it has taken Dwayne Johnson years to get it to this point. At first, the actor was scheduled to make his appearance as the antihero in the first Shazam! movie but those plans changed. Then it was announced back in 2017 that instead of Shazam!, Black Adam would be getting his own movie. If not for the COVID pandemic, the movie would have begun shooting in the summer of 2020. One of the producers of the movie, Hiram Garcia, was just as excited to get going with the production. He told Comicbook.com, “We’re getting started soon, you know actually, we begin filming in April, we’ll be in Georgia, home away from home. We’re really excited, man, we have everything is ramped up, we’re so fired up for this.”
As for Brosnan, Black Adam is a continuation of a hectic schedule for the former James Bond. On top of coming off the recent feature Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, the 67-year-old actor has been seen on the series The Son, while also having portrayed Erick Erickssong in the Will Ferrell comedy Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga. He has many projects lined up which include False Positive, The Misfits, The King’s Daughter, Cinderella, The Last Rifleman, and now Black Adam.
Dwayne Johnson will next be seen in Disney’s Jungle Cruise, where he brought over director Jaume Collet-Serra to help lead Black Adam. With all the delays and changes, the film does not have a release date, but the speculation is that fans will see Dwayne Johnson in full costume toward the end of 2022.