Few big-time actors have played the villain quite as often as Mark Strong
, whose performances across Sherlock Holmes, Sharpe’s Mission and even Guy Ritchie
have made him a bankable favorite amongst Hollywood studios in search of a scenery-chewing baddie. Which brings us to Shazam
For in this one, Strong is on board to play Doctor Thaddeus Sivana, a crooked scientist driven mad by jealousy. You see, long before Billy Batson gained control of those abilities, Sivana believed he himself was worthy of Shazam’s god-like power, thereby seeding a great rivalry between the two titans.
Mind you, considering Billy Batson is really a young, wide-eyed kid deep down inside, Zachary Levi
’s performance has been imbued with a child-like sense of wonder and curiosity, as can be seen in this newly-unveiled image from Empire Magazine. Embedded below, it sees Billy Batson confront Sivana as Shazam.