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‘You Need a Special Actor To Play, Basically, a Legend’: Black Adam Director Jaume Collet-Serra Explains Why Pierce Brosnan is the Perfect Doctor Fate

As the release date for the much-awaited DC Extended Universe endeavor, Black Adam, is inching closer and closer, fans are getting impatient to see some of the characters who belong to the Justice Society of America. One such character which the fans can’t get enough of is Doctor Fate, who will be portrayed by legendary actor Pierce Brosnan in the film.

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Pierce Brosnan as Doctor Fate

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In a recent interview with Vanity Fair, the director of the film, Jaume Collet-Serra opened up about his sentiments toward the James Bond alum and how he is the perfect fit for a tremendously omnipotent and powerful character like Doctor Fate.

Who Is Doctor Fate?

Doctor Fate
Doctor Fate

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In DC Comics, the character of Doctor Fate, which has had several iterations, is regarded as the greatest sorcerer. Making his first appearance in 1940, the superhero who dons a gold Helmet of Fate, made use of his magical powers to fight the bad guys. While many characters have taken up the mantel of Doctor Fate, the first to do so in the contemporary age was Kent Nelson. Doctor Fate is also one of the founding members of the Justice Society of America, the first team of crime-fighting superheroes in DC; a precursor to the Justice League.

The character’s complex origin and his immense heroic presence make him a challenging character to be portrayed on the big screen. When it comes to his powers and abilities, most of it is due to the prowess of Nabu the Wise, a cosmic entity and a Lord of Order, whose creations are the Helmet of Fate, the Cloak of Destiny, and the Amulet of Anubis — components usually adorned by most characters who took up the role of Doctor Fate.

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Doctor Fate in DC Comics

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Hence, the character is quite interesting, and to see someone of a legendary stature like Pierce Brosnan portray him in Black Adam would be fascinating to most long-time DC fans. Many are convinced that the actor would do proper justice to the superhero’s on-screen depiction, with the director himself commenting on how charismatic of a character Doctor Fate is.

Black Adam Director Praises Pierce Brosnan

Black Adam director Collet-Serra praised Pierce Brosnan
Black Adam director Collet-Serra praised Pierce Brosnan

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In the Vanity Fair interview, Black Adam director Collet-Serra emphasized the reasoning behind casting someone like Pierce Brosnan, who’s an industry veteran, for the role of Doctor Fate. According to him, the character itself is legendary, exudes “raw charisma” and is a “very powerful being.” Naturally, it only makes sense for a legend to portray another legend. Brosnan is known for his monumental stage presence and magnetic subtlety. Hence, him being cast as Doctor Fate is of no shock, as a compelling character requires someone like Brosnan who can pull it off without making it seem too repetitive and tedious.

Following is what the director said about the well-acclaimed actor portraying Doctor Fate:

“Dr. Fate is a very powerful being, so you need someone like Pierce who can play powerful without it being overly done. He can do it in a very subtle way. I mean, he’s one of the coolest people in the world—he was James Bond! But as a person, he’s magnetic, so warm with such gravitas.”

Pierce Brosnan as Doctor Fate
Pierce Brosnan and Doctor Fate

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Therefore, Pierce Brosnan is a standout addition to Black Adam, as attested by director Collet-Serra. With his on-screen presence, fans are sure to be blown away by a subtle, yet serious portrayal of the ever-so-powerful Doctor Fate. To say this has made people excited for the movie’s release, would be an understatement.

Black Adam, starring Dwayne Johnson in the titular role, will release on 21 October 2022.

Source: Vanity Fair

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