DC is could be planning on bringing Doctor Fate to the big screen, and it may turn out to be a cheap spec.
From the story below, it makes it sound as if DC may be leaning towards the Dr. Fate from the 4th Volume, Khalid Nassour, under the helmet. He first appears in Sneak Peek Doctor Fate (good luck finding one) which was a free preview issue of Doctor Fate #1 (which can be picked up here for $1, for $3.50 on Amazon). There was also a 1:25 variant for the first issue.
From We Got This Covered
The future of the Justice League on the big screen doesn’t look too bright right now, following the failure of the 2017 movie featuring the super-friends. Instead, it seems that Warner Bros. is hoping to fill the void by switching the focus to the League’s precursors in the comics, the Justice Society of America, and giving the various Golden Age heroes their own vehicles.
In fact, a source has told We Got This Covered that the studio is planning a film based on Doctor Fate. A story’s reportedly already in place and from what we understand, the movie’s first half will be a period piece and the second half will be set in the modern day. Apparently, WB’s looking for an actor between 30-40 to play the mystical hero and might end up going with a person of color.
For those unfamiliar with the character, Doctor Fate’s a mantle that’s been passed down through many people over the years, though the most famous is archaeologist Kent Nelson. He derives his powers from the golden Helmet of Nabu which, when worn, causes the host to be possessed by the spirit of the ancient sorcerer. Going by the fact that the lead may not be caucasian, we suspect WB might be using the Khalid Nassour version of Fate, an Egyptian/American medical student who first donned the helmet in 2015.
Thanks to Matt P. and Jeremy A from Comic Book News and Speculation for the heads up.