#4: Hector Hall
Hawkman and Hawkgirl are classic members of the Justice Society of America who will join Dr. Fate in Black Adam, which is a real shame for Hector Hall. Hector is the son of Hawkman and Hawkgirl, and he lived up to their legacy by becoming a hero in his own right. Originally known as The Silver Scarab, he went on to become the third incarnation of The Sandman before finally becoming Doctor Fate years later.
He didn’t fill the role for terribly long which already made him an unlikely candidate, but it’s ultimately his lineage that makes his involvement extremely unlikely. The script pages we analyzed hinted at no familial connection between Hawkman and Dr. Fate. In addition to that, his backstory is rather complicated and it’s highly unlikely that Warner Brothers would risk confusing fans by making Hector Hall the DCEU’s Doctor Fate.
#3: Khalid Nassour
Khalid Nassour is the current Dr. Fate in the DC universe, and he’s our personal favorite choice for the role. Khalid was an Egyptian-American medical student living in New York City when he was bonded with the Helmet of Fate. He’s brave, strong, smart and far less abrasive than some of his predecessors.
He’s also notable for being the first Muslim character to headline an ongoing DC comic book. By including this version of the character, DC and Warner Bros. have the chance to provide muslims with not one, not two, but three superheroes they could identify with (Black Adam, Isis, and Doctor Fate.) The muslim demographic has lacked strong, healthy representation in film for far too long and Khalid’s already broken down barriers in the world of comics. Why not let him do the same on the big screen?
As exciting as it would be to see Khalid in Black Adam, it’s not going to happen unless Doctor Fate is retooled before production is continued. His age simply doesn’t line up with the casting call, which is a true shame.
#2: Kent V. Nelson
Kent V. Nelson is the grandnephew of the original Doctor Fate, Kent Nelson. He was a psychiatrist with a wonderful family and career that he lost after having an affair and slipping into a dark depression. He found the Helmet of Fate in a dumpster while homeless, and he was far from exemplary in his use of the artifact.
Kent V. Nelson is a relatively new character, making his debut in 2007. He wasn’t entirely disappointing as the host of Nabu, but he wasn’t exactly popular either. He never even received his own eponymous series as the character, and was effectively forgotten after The New 52 began.
He’s not very popular, his great uncle is immensely more popular than him, and he never fully mastered his power in the comics. The casting call describes him as a Master Of The Mystic Arts, and while that doesn’t add-up, he’s only one of two characters to who generally fit the 40-50 year old age range, hence his ranking at #2.