DC’s Shazam! trailer gave us a very brief look at the villain Mark Strong plays in the film, Dr. Thaddeus Sivana. He looks excellent in the role and it looks like he will be able to meet the strength of Shazam (Zachary Levi) but there’s a little more to it.
During an interview with EW, director David Sandberg offered some interesting new details about the villain and gives us a little insight into his origin.
It’s revealed that the version of Sivana in the film also met The Wizard as a kid just like Billy Baston. The difference is, he was refused to receive his powers. “Ever since then, Sivana has spent his life searching for a way to gain the abilities that Billy now possesses in a desire to live up to the expectations of a domineering father.”
Sivana succeeds in getting those powers but it’s explained that he’s got a little more.
“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….”