Dwayne Johnson Promises Dead Black Adam Character Will Return

Warning: This post contains Black Adam spoilers

Dwayne Johnson confirms that a central character who died in Black Adam will return in the future. The DC Extended Universe movie hit theaters this weekend and is already creating quite a buzz at the box office despite Black Adam’s mixed reviews. The movie marks the superhero debut of Johnson, as he embodies the role of the misunderstood champion Teth-Adam. Adam was passed down his superpowers by his son, but after the death of his family, he sought revenge on Kahndaq’s cruel monarchy, with his brutal tactics leading the wizards to imprison him for 5000 years. In the modern day, Adam is set free by Adrianna Tomaz (Sarah Shahi) and he helps free Kahndaq from its foreign military oppressors, the Intergang.

Adam’s brutality, however, catches the attention of the Justice Society of America (JSA). Its members Carter Hall / Hawkman (Aldis Hodge), Kent Nelson / Doctor Fate (Pierce Brosnan), Maxine Hunkel / Cyclone (Quintessa Swindell), and Albert « Al » Rothstein / Atom Smasher (Noah Centineo) initially oppose Adam and convince him to give up his powers. But later, they reunite against the Intergang. However, in a twist of events, the Intergang leader is resurrected as the supervillain Sabbac. Fate sees a baleful premonition of the JSA’s impending deaths, hence, to protect his friends he goes after Sabbac alone while trying to reawaken Adam who is held prisoner by Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) underwater. While Fate is successful in releasing Black Adam, he himself is killed at the hands of Sabbac, accounting for the most tragic death in Black Adam.

In a new tweet, however, Johnson has confirmed that Doctor Fate’s story is not over. Brosnan’s superhero is one of Johnson’s favorites too, and the superstar has reassured fans that they will get to see more of him in the coming days. Take a look at his tweet below:

Even before Black Adam hit cinemas, Johnson had announced that there are plans in the can for more stories for the members of the Justice Society of America in the DCEU. Part of the purpose of Black Adam was to introduce the JSA to the DCEU and establish its presence within the universe, and the movie did that groundwork quite effectively. Brosnan’s performance was undoubtedly a standout in Black Adam, with critics acknowledging that he powered the otherwise repetitive plot beats and thin storytelling. So it would be a total shame to lose his sagacious Doctor Fate with the movie, but thankfully that’s not the case as there appears to be some narrative agenda behind Doctor Fate’s death in Black Adam.

In the DCEU, there are numerous ways to bring back Brosnan as his beloved sorcerer superhero. Of course, he could be included in future projects through flashbacks, particularly if there is any that focuses on Hawkman, as there was a lot unsaid about the history of their companionship in Black Adam. Brosnan’s character can even get his own prequel film, similar to how Marvel gave Natasha Romanoff/ Black Widow a solo movie after her death in Avengers: Endgame. But these opportunities only allow Brosnan’s return to be a one-off. If DCEU truly wants to retain Brosnan’s talent moving forward, its best option is to leverage the Multiverse, as getting a Doctor Fate from another dimension can really help ensure that the character sticks around. That said, despite a poignant arc in Black Adam, there is a lot to be learned about Doctor Fate’s life and his powers, so it will be interesting to see how is he reintroduced in the DCEU.

Source: Dwayne Johnson/ Twitter

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