National treasure and comic book adapting familiar, Mark Strong, has had a hand in working on many page to big picture adaptations, playing both heroes and villains in equal amount. Now he’s set to venture back in DC’s battleground as one of the latter for upcoming entry Shazam! and he hopes it to be a form of redemption for the Green Lantern role he was perfect for but never got to explore further.
Now the butt of the joke for Ryan Reynolds more successful comic book alter-ego, Deadpool, Green Lantern had a few bright moments, including seeing Mark Strong as Sinestro, seasoned member of the space corp who was set for a path of evil. The role was a perfect fit for Strong but sadly being the glowing bum egg that Green Lantern was, a sequel never happened and as reported by Total Film, Strong now sees Shazam! as a second chance.
“Sinestro was meant to go evil in the second one. The final frame of the first film is him trying on the yellow ring and his whole costume going yellow, and that was when he went evil. So I was really looking forward to that. The film didn’t do as well as they expected… so it never got made. So I was definitely conscious that Sivana is almost like the next stage that I wasn’t able to take.”
Sounding like a mix of Big and Superman, Shazam! tells the story of Billy Batson, a 14-year-old orphan boy who is bestowed with the incredible power of transforming into the titular hero, simply by saying his name. Asher Angel is playing the lucky youngster blessed with this incredible gift of turning into the hero brilliantly nicknamed The Big Red Cheese, whilst Zachary Levi (Thor: The Dark World, Tangled) will be donning the cape and special red suit as Shazam.
Sounding a hell’uva lot brighter than DC’s most recent entries, Strong assures us that Warner Bros. have amped up the more humorous elements for this particular hero. Ensuring to bring the threat and peril, he’ll be laughing maniacally whilst rubbing his hands together as the nefarious Dr. Thaddeus Sivana, acting opposite Levi, who Strong assures us is on top form.
“Zachary Levi, who plays the lead is a very funny guy, and I’ve no doubt he will play with that part and make it interesting. I think DC have realized that they’ve got their canon of films that are dark, and they’ve now found one that’s pretty funny! There are some really funny moments in it.”
We’ll see who’s laughing when Shazam! arrives in cinemas April 5, 2019.
Are you looking forward to Shazam! and would you have liked to see Strong reprise his role as Sinestro?