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Black Adam Wants A Sam Rockwell-Type To Play Doctor Fate

As the CoVID-19 pandemic has halted or postponed most major upcoming movies, the slate of future DCEU movies has unfortunately shifted to early 2022 or 2023. On top of that, Dwayne Johnson starring Black Adam currently doesn’t have any release date, which was originally slated to release in 2021. However, the movie has been making constant progress with its casting and characters. Finally, we might have some news for the final superhero of the movie, Doctor Fate.

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In the DC Fandome event held in August, Dwayne Johnson revealed the first animated teaser of Black Adam with an added narration. The teaser confirmed that Black Adam would be featuring four members of the Justice Society of America: Cyclone, Hawkman, Atom Smasher, and Doctor Fate.

Doctor Fate in Black Adam

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Previously, Noah Centineo and Aldis Hodge are already confirmed for the roles of Atom Smasher and Hawkman respectively. Earlier this week, reports of Warner Bros. eyeing two popular actresses for the role of Cyclone had also surfaced. Person of Interest star Sarah Shahi is also rumored to play the role of Black Adam’s romantic interest, Isis.


In an exclusive from The Illuminerdi, reports of Black Adam circling down on the role of Doctor Fate has been revealed. The casting team of the movie is currently looking for an actor in his 30s for the role of Kent Nelson aka Doctor Fate.

Apart from the age-factor, the casting team of Black Adam is also reportedly looking for an actor who can balance the character of Doctor Fate. As Kent Nelson, the character is supposed to be a mild-mannered academician and a terrifying force of nature who sounds and acts totally different when he becomes the master of magic. Additionally, the DCEU version of Doctor Fate is reported to be a telepath who possesses powerful telekinetic abilities, can slow down time itself, and alter reality. But most importantly, the casting team is looking for a Sam Rockwell template for the role.

What Does This Mean For Doctor Fate?

Sam Rockwell is an Academy Award-Winning actor with an illustrious track record. However, the veteran actor is now 51, thus derailing any plan for casting him as Doctor Fate in Black Adam. However, to consider Sam Rockwell as a prototype for the role means the DCEU has great plans for the sorcerer.

Sam Rockwell as Doctor Fate

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Having worked in numerous movies including Iron Man 2, Sam Rockwell has proved his mettle over the years. His effortless transition between opposing roles makes him an ideal prototype for the role of Kent Nelson/Doctor Fate, which is expected to be based on Dr. Hyde and Mr. Jekyll switching personalities.

As one of the most powerful sorcerers in the DC universe, Doctor Fate is a formidable opponent for the anti-hero, Black Adam. In the comics, Kent Nelson accidentally stumbles upon the tomb of Nabu the Wise, thus awakening the ancient wizard from his deep slumber. In return, Nabu takes Kent Nelson as his pupil to teach him the ways of magic.

Doctor Fate

Armed with a mystical helmet, amulet, and cloak, Kent Nelson fights evil as Doctor Fate. However, the wizard Nabu occasionally tries to take hold of Nelson’s mind, which explains the dichotomy of personalities of Nelson and Doctor Fate.

As a powerful sorcerer, Doctor Fate surely deserves his own movie in the future. As the MCU is making strides with its Sorcerer Supreme, the DCEU has got its own Master of Magic waiting to be unleashed.