DC’s Doctor Fate: 6 things to know about Pierce Brosnan’s Black Adam character
The DC Universe is full of many heroes who use magic to save the day, but one of the most powerful (and possessing a very extensive and versatile history in the comics) is Doctor Fate. This PhD wizard is set to make his DC film debut with former James Bond star Pierce Brosnan in the role. Learn all about the character before you introduce yourself to Doctor Fate in Black adam (scheduled for July 29, 2022), take a look at these essential facts torn from the pages of DC Comics.
Doctor Fate is a founding member of the Justice Society
Created by legendary comic book author Gardner Fox and illustrator Howard Sherman, Doctor Fate made his official debut in April 1940 in issue 55 of More fun comics – an anthology of fantastic stories that also saw the birth of several other classic DC Comics characters from the Golden Age, such as the Specter. This mystical being was the first other superhero alongside Doctor Fate before the two became founding members of the Justice Society of America at the behest of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
This costumed vigilante group – which actually predates the Justice League – makes their big screen debut in Black adam with Aldis Hodge playing Hawkman and Noah Centineo as Atom Smasher, to name a few. However, Pierce Brosnan’s Doctor Fate is more than likely the most powerful of the bunch.
Doctor Fate has a wide range of magical abilities
Where do you start when it comes to what Doctor Fate is capable of? As one of DC Comics’ most powerful magic users, his list of powers (which were originally described as having a more scientific origin before being reimagined as more traditional witchcraft) wins out. largely on Superman. His magical abilities range from sensory (detecting the presence of magic or his moral aura) to psychokinetics (he can control magnetism, time, matter or people’s thoughts) and beyond too.
Doctor Fate is an expert in various other spells that allow him to perform astral projection, become invisible, pass through solid objects, instantly heal, teleport, create flame, and travel in different dimensions through the DC multiverse. As well as having strengths that are more common in superheroes (like flying), he is even prone to weaknesses that are common in average mortals (he is vulnerable to various gases and oxygen starvation could leave him paralyzed). Without magic, however, he can still kick ass with Jujitsu, help unhealthy people with his medical expertise, and speak multiple languages.
Doctor Fate learned his magical skills from his former mentor, Nabu
You have to understand that Doctor Fate (whose real name is Kent Nelson, by the way) was not born with all of these abilities. It was something he had to learn – an education that began in the early 1920s when he and his father – a fellow archaeologist named Sven – were excavating in Mesopotamia, where the young man came across a temple he he decided to explore. There he found a sarcophagus containing the remains of Nabu the Wise, which Kent ended up freeing from years of suspended animation by simply pulling a lever.
Sadly, soon after, Kent would discover that his father had been killed by poison gas released inside the grave. Nabu, out of gratitude for his previous act and empathy for his loss, offered to teach Kent “the secrets of the universe”. This is how he developed his mastery of the mystical arts and his famous superhero uniform.
Each item of Doctor Fate’s uniform has a special meaning
It’s also worth noting that Doctor Fate’s costume is not meant to simply hide his identity or help him appear intimidating. The uniform consists of three special garments that serve as the primary source (or special enhancement) of his powers.
The Helmet of Fate, also known as the Helmet of Nabu in reference to the name of its creator and the fact that it keeps the wearer spiritually linked to him, grants Doctor Fate the full extent of his magical abilities. Anubis’ Amulet holds the key to Kent Nelson’s psychokinetic abilities and dimensional travel, but can also be used as a sort of portable prison for captured souls. The Cloak of Fate makes the wearer super strong, invulnerable, and (unsurprisingly) allows them to fly.
Doctor Fate is also one of the Lords of the Order
As well as being a vital member of the Justice Society of America, Doctor Fate has also fought alongside the Justice League and his undead has held a position in the Black Lantern Corps. There is another group that he’s not only more important to, but the group itself is just about the most important group of powerful beings the DC Universe has ever seen. They are called the Lords of the Order.
It is an organization of mystical, god-like beings who are responsible for maintaining order in the universe against enemies such as the Lords of Chaos – essentially the League of Injustice in their hands. Justice League, if you will. Kent Nelson is known as a “chief agent” of the Lords of Order, as are others known to carry the Doctor Fate nickname.
Kent Nelson is only the fate of the first doctor
It’s pretty common in any comic book universe for a certain superhero alias to be passed on to more than one individual, and Doctor Fate is certainly no exception. The story of Ken Nelson’s heirs, however, has a particularly unique makeup, such as Eric and Linda Strauss, who were a married couple who merged into one to become the superhero. Enza Nelson, who is also Kent’s wife, succeeds them.
Jared Stevens was hired to salvage Doctor Fate’s artifacts before Nabu made him a hero known simply as “Fate,” who wore the cloak of fate around his arms as gauze, has a strange tattoo. around the eye when Anubis’ amulet exploded in his face, and melted the Helmet of Doom into a dagger and throwing stars. The next two successors were the descendants of the other JSA members, Hawkman and Hawkgirl (their son Hector Hall) and Kent Nelson (his grandnephew, Kent V. Nelson) before Khalid Ben-Hassin took over during the the New 52 time. The current Doctor Fate has been the young Khalid Kent Nassour since 2011.
Despite the many differences, if there was a time when you confused Doctor Fate with Doctor Strange from the Marvel movies, I wouldn’t blame you. In fact, wizards were combined into a single character named Doctor Strangefate, which was created as part of a line of DC characters and Marvel characters. mash-ups called Amalgam Comics, who also had a Batman / Wolverine combo known as the Dark Claw. Now, this is a superhero movie franchise that I would love to see… whenever hell freezes over, probably.