Brosnan joins DC film universe as Dr. Fate

The Justice Society of America, including Dr. Fate (gold helmet and blue costume) in 1940

One-time film James Bond Pierce Brosnan is joining Warner Bros.’s DC film universe as Dr. Fate, The Hollywood Reporter said.

Brosnan is joining the cast of Black Adam, a Warners/DC film starring Dwayne Johnson. Chances are a lot of the general public or Bond fans) may not be familiar with Dr. Fate.

The good doctor made his debut in 1940 in More Fun Comics No. 55. The sorcerer would soon be part of the new Justice Society of America.

The character was co-created by DC writer Gardner F. Fox, who would also write racy spy novels under a pen name. Besides Dr. Fate, Fox also had a had in creating the Justice Society (and the later Justice League), the original Flash and the original Hawkman.

It makes sense that Warner Bros. is bringing Dr. Fate into the movies. Marvel Studios has featured Dr. Strange, a sorcerer character created by Steve Ditko, into its movies.

UPDATE: Dwayne Johnson confirmed the Brosnan casting in a tweet:

A comic book writer’s racy spy novels

Gardner F. Fox (1911-1986)

Gardner F. Fox (1911-1986 may not be that well-remembered today. But in his time, he created many comic book characters, including the original Flash, Hawkman, the Justice Society of America and the Justice League of America.

He also wrote a number of Batman stories and contributed to that character’s mythos.

Fox also penned a 1961 story where the original Flash met the second Flash, who was introduced in 1956.

However, during the period Fox worked, comic books didn’t pay that well. So the prolific Fox did other writing, including racy spy novels.

There is now an official website about his paperback novels. It features complete stories.

Among those novels, there was a series featuring the Lady From L.U.S.T. (written under the pen name of, ahem, Rod Gray) and a series featuring Cherry Delight (written under the pen name of Glen Chase).

Fox also wrote novels featuring (as the website calls them) Tough Guys.

You can read these stories for free on the official Gardner F. Fox website. Here’s an example of a promo on Twitter: