While the full spotlight is on Dwayne Johnson's long-awaited superhero debut in Black Adam, the film is set to introduce a handful of auxiliary characters that have fans stoked.
From Noah Centineo's Atom Smasher to Aldis Hodge's Hawkman, The Rock has plenty of adversaries to drop people's elbows on come next summer. While Black Adam will likely have no trouble squaring off against these heroes in hand-to-hand combat, he'll also have to deal with DC's most powerful sorcerer.
BROSNAN TEASES DOCTOR FATE SUIT
The balance of power in the DC Universe is about to change.
Speaking to People, Black Adam star Pierce Brosnan touted the scale of his upcoming blockbuster, noting that they still have "til July to go" even after three months of filming. The former James Bond also revealed that his Doctor Fate costume would be CGI.
"I do have to put the motion-capture suit on, which is an acting challenge in itself, but luckily I was grown up in the theater. I know how to get into tight suits."
FATE, DOCTOR FATE
As one of the most legendary actors still active today, getting Pierce Brosnan in Black Adam is an accomplishment in itself.
Dwayne Johnson captains this flick, but Brosnan's veteran status adds a layer of legitimacy that only a rare breed of actors possesses. Most importantly, a recognizable and powerful Hollywood name like Brosnan takes a never-before-seen character like Doctor Fate and immediately elevates him to main event status.
That said, going motion-capture for Doctor Fate's suit is an interesting choice.
DC has a rocky history of CGI costumes, with none more infamous than Ryan Reynolds' in Green Lantern. The Deadpool star has been vocal about numerous problems he has with that movie but emphasized his discrepancies with the Hal Jordan suit more than anything else. CGI has undoubtedly improved in major ways since 2011, but that hasn't stopped most big-budget films from shying away from motion-capture costumes.
The DCEU has created most of their heroes' super suits, including Dwayne Johnson's for this very film, with the only computer-generated aspects coming in the form of their capes. Considering Fate will be working with a lot of magical elements, motion-capture could have simply been the most ideal way to accomplish post-production effects. Most characters that are covered in special effects still get a practical suit to wear for stationary shooting, but it remains to be seen if there will be a physical version of Fate's drapes.
Black Adam hits theaters on July 28, 2022.