Black Adam is introducing us to a DC superhero ensemble whose comic-book existence predates that of the Justice League. While die-hard fans of the franchise would immediately recognize these characters, the otherwise unaware general audience is soon getting introduced to the Justice Society of America through the Dwayne Johnson-starrer movie.
However, a release of a new clip might point to some troublesome implications for the audiences who have been anticipating seeing Pierce Brosnan’s embodiment of Doctor Fate. Aldis Hodge, who plays Hawkman in the film, made an appearance on the TODAY Show. Before the hosts got around to interviewing him, they played a never-seen-before clip from Black Adam.
To say the fans have been sent into a frenzy would be an understatement.
Warning, potential spoilers ahead!
Will Pierce Brosnan’s Doctor Fate Die In Black Adam?
Previously, the lead star of the endeavor, Dwayne Johnson emphasized that the goal behind the film would be to introduce new characters that can be further established within the realms of the DCEU. By doing so, the cinematic franchise will be expanded and fans can have future spin-offs to look forward to.
Sadly, Pierce Brosnan‘s Kent Nelson/Doctor Fate may not be one of those lucky characters.
In a clip posted by the TODAY show, we see Aldis Hodge‘s Hawkman have a conversation with Doctor Fate. It begins with Brosnan’s character telling Carter Hall, “A wise man once told me a bad plan is better than no plan at all.” To this, the leader of the Justice Society of America replies, “That was before we had a very bad plan.”
Kent tells Carter to let it go, as he would rather the JSA fights with “him” — presumably referring to the titular anti-hero — than have to go against the enigmatic, unstoppable force. The conversation then evolves into a question of stakes, which seem to be exponentially high. Hodge’s character states, with widened eyes, “Somebody is going to die.” He then asks who it might be.
While Hawkman was quick to assume the character in danger might most likely be Noah Centineo’s Atom Smasher, Kent shuts him down. “Surprisingly, no,” he says. The leader then questions, “Is it me?”
The next line that is delivered by Pierce Brosnan was enough to send the fans’ minds racing:
“When it’s time for you and I to say goodbye, you’ll know.”
While such a statement has multiple implications—which may as well be alluding to Hodge’s character being the one in danger—the passionate connoisseurs of DC think that it’s potentially the end of the road for Brosnan’s Doctor Fate.
Fans’ Reaction To The Shocking Black Adam Clip
The DC fans are harrowed, to say the least. For people who have long awaited the big screen debut of the Justice Society of America, the news comes off as rather disheartening. While some are more concerned at how an exclusive clip with such serious implications was made public, blurring the lines between what might constitute a spoiler and what may not, others are not ready to say goodbye to Pierce Brosnan’s live-action iteration of Doctor Fate.
Take a look:
Oh no the death flags. We just got Pierce's Kent Nelson, we can't lose him already!
— Anonymous Annoyance (@AnonymousAnnoy4) October 11, 2022
Spirit my ass…they're going to cast some kid to play khalid nassour and the Dr Fate character is going to turn into an absolute joke he might as well join the teen titans go
— Josh (@NJ_1107) October 11, 2022
How many "exclusive" clips are they gonna release until the show a whole lot of the film?
— Bats….. (@IlhaamBt) October 11, 2022
— oli (@dceuharIey) October 11, 2022
Of course it’s Kent Nelson dying. Then his spirit will be used to guide the next Dr. Fate
Only makes sense. Can have an aging Pierce back a few more times
— TChalla✊🏿 (@DJ_Smiles715) October 11, 2022
On the other side of the spectrum, some wholeheartedly believe that Hawkman may be the one to actually die. After all, reincarnation is pretty much his forte.
See what the fans have to say about that:
It's obvious hawkman is, it's a way explain his reincarnation and calls for a new hawkman project perhaps series
— !srael (@Isra3lit) October 11, 2022
They better be killing Hawkman cuz thats the mf can reincarnate
— Cookie_I_Think_You’re_Tame (@wanbe_a_debaser) October 11, 2022
Protect Hawkman and Dr. Fate https://t.co/74JnxEPR2P
— Allison the ghost 👻👻👻👻 (@Daviesallison1A) October 11, 2022
In the comics, during the events of the Zero Hour crisis, both Kent and his wife Inza Nelson had merged into Doctor Fate. However, later on, they were killed. Then, specifically in the New 52 timeline, Kent Nelson was brought back to life but the Helmet of Fate was given to Khalid Nassour instead, who took up the Doctor Fate moniker.
Therefore, it would be intriguing to see what route is taken by the cinematic franchise when it comes to Pierce Brosnan’s iteration. As for now, fans can keep wondering who exactly is the one in imminent danger – Hawkman or Doctor Fate?
Black Adam, starring Dwayne Johnson alongside Aldis Hodge and Pierce Brosnan, will release on 21 October 2022.
Source: TODAY Show