Mark Strong who was perviously reported to be in talks for the role of the villain Doctor Sivana in David F. Sandberg’s Shazam, has officially confirmed in an interview with ContactMusic that he’s in fact playing Doctor Sivana in Shazam.
Strong who’s best known to DC Comics fans as Sinestro in 2011’s Green Lantern, starring Ryan Reynolds, is now returning for another role in the DC World, as he states in the interview where he confirms his role as Doctor Sivana, he feels like he’s got unfinished business in the DC world.
”I’m playing an evil bastard called Doctor Sivana, they are always the best characters to play, the most fun. I was Sinestro in Green Lantern which I though was a rather good film but it didn’t do what they wanted so I feel like I’ve got unfinished business in the DC world, I played a pretty evil character in that and he was meant to get even worse in the second one but that never happened but I think I’m going to get the chance to do that in ‘Shazam!’, I hope so.”
Strong goes on to talk on the movie’s tone:
”It’s a funny film, it’s about a young boy who can become a superhero but still remains a young boy so there’s elements of ‘Big’ there’s elements of ‘Stranger Things’. I think originally the comic outsold ‘Superman’ in the 1940s.”
He even hints what Doctor Sivana will likely be like as a villain in the movie:
”I’ve been training like a mad man, I’m about to go over and see the stunt guys, I’ve been trying all of these harnesses on and I think I’m going to be doing lots of flying around and firing electricity out of my hands.”