It would appear that Billy Batson and his adult alter-ego will not only have to fight Mark Strong's Doctor Sivana but also the forces of evil known as the Seven Deadly Sins of Man in the upcoming DC film Shazam!
During a recent preview and roundtable interview for Shazam!, director David F. Sandberg and producer Peter Safran confirmed the appearance of the Sins, citing Sandberg's background in horror movies as an influence, a la Aquaman director James Wan and the Lovecraftian influences seen within his film.
"I think, I mean obviously these guys have read the comics, they know that the Sins are going to be some way involved in the story," Safran said. "But without revealing exactly how they're integrated into the story, you know I would say that's probably as close as what James did with the Trench to really let David flex, ...to build those sequences that are scary and cool."
This confirms rumors that these manifestations of the worst evils known to humanity would appear in the film as some kind of villainous backup, possibly tied into Sivana's origin story.
Sandberg commented that it was a lot of fun designing the personification of Pride, Envy, Greed, Wrath, Sloth, Gluttony and Lust. In the comics, the wizard Shazam was able to defeat and imprison these manifestations within statues that adorn the walls of his home, the Rock of Eternity. Despite the Wizard's powers, these villainous representations would escape their containment repeatedly and wreak havoc in the human world, where they would often battle the Wizard's champion Shazam, as well as other DC heroes.
Footage from a recent teaser trailer shows the Sins prominently featured, but possibly at different times. In the film's storyline, a young Thaddeus Sivana is a rejected candidate to be chosen by Shazam and during his visit, we see the statues standing ominously, but by the time Billy appears at the Rock of Eternity, the statues appear to be partially demolished. This suggests the Sins have escaped and could be responsible for Sivana's obsession with unlocking the secrets of magic that will spark his feud with Shazam and his mentor.
With Sandberg and Sanfran's comments, it's more than certain the Sins will not be metaphors the Wizard will use to teach Billy about what it means to be a true hero but physical opponents that will terrorize him and the people he cares about. No matter their role or influence, it would appear this lighter and more humorous film from the DCEU isn't afraid to step into the dark side.
Arriving April 5, 2019, director David F. Sandberg’s Shazam! stars Asher Angel as Billy Batson, Zachary Levi as Shazam, Mark Strong as Dr. Thaddeus Sivana, Djimon Hounsou as an ancient wizard named Shazam, Grace Fulton as Mary Bromfield, Jack Dylan Grazer as Frederick “Freddy” Freeman, Ian Chen as Eugene Choi, Jovan Armand as Pedro Peña, Faithe Herman as Darla Dudley, Cooper Andrews as Victor Vásquez and Marta Milans as Rosa Vásquez.
(via Screen Rant)