While the first trailers and shots from ‘Shazam!‘ have surfaced, there hasn’t been too much talk about the film’s villain. Now, director David Sandberg is sharing a bit about what we can expect of Mark Strong’s (‘Kingsman,’ ‘Kick-Ass’) character Dr. Thaddeus Sivana who is going to be the thorn in Shazam’s side.
Just over 2-minutes into the trailer, there is a brief shot of the villain but with the focus purely on Asher Angel as the young Billy Batson and Zachary Levi as the superhero version of the character, there isn’t much to see. With the focus on a kid who is tapped to become a superhero and turn into one by uttering a word as the focus, we haven’t seen what he’ll be up against.
In the comics, Sivana is the main enemy of Shazam though he has had many iterations over the years. With many of the aspects of the movie coming from the New 52 story arc, it would feel right that we’d see the villain’s roots growing from there as well.
While Batson was chosen to inherit the powers of the 3,000-year-old wizard, we’ll find out that Sivana also met him but wasn’t up to snuff to take on these powers and responsibilities. So, the movie will show Sivana has been searching for his entire life to come by these powers for himself in different ways.
According to Sandberg:
“Mark Strong loves being a bad guy. And it’s not just him, really, it’s … something else … that lent him his powers … he can do some things that Shazam can’t. The danger in some films is the bad guy has the same powers as the good guy. [Sivana] has an extra thing, extra dynamic, that takes care of that….”
It isn’t clear what the new power is here or what the “It’s not just him” line means at this time. With the film not dropping until April of 2019, there is plenty of time for more marketing to pop up that will give us a few more hints as to what Sivana’s role will be in the movie.
Are you looking forward to checking out ‘Shazam!’? What power do you think Dr. Thaddeus Sivana will have that will give him an edge of our hero? Share your thoughts below!
Source: Entertainment Weekly