Shazam! will reportedly feature more villains than previously thought. Zachary Levi and the character's human alter-ego Billy Batson (Asher Angel) are already set to battle Mark Strong's Dr. Thaddeus Sivana - the primary villain of the film. But if this new rumor proves true, the dual-personality hero may find himself up against a slew of more bad guys, with Pride, Envy, Greed, Wrath, Sloth, Gluttony, and Lust supposedly appearing in the David F. Sandberg-directed flick.
The group of demons was trapped in the Rock of Eternity by the wizard, but could come out and wreak havoc during full moons. They can take control of both human beings and superheroes, which makes them dangerous foes. Their introduction can also open a slew of narrative possibilities for the DCEU and according to the latest rumor, fans may not have to wait that long to see them debut on the big screen.
A report from SuperBroMovies, citing sources who have personal knowledge about Shazam!, claims that the Seven Deadly Sins are set to appear in the film, with their existence expected to factor into the movie's narrative. They added that the big screen version of this group will mine inspiration from their New 52 print counterparts. This brand new report corroborates a previous scoop from more than a year ago claiming that the antagonists would appear, thanks to the unearthing of audition tapes. In the clip, actors up for the role of Billy Batson are in a conversation with the Wizard, who explains that the council has been wiped out by the villainous team.
As with anything officially unconfirmed, fans are advised to take this rumor with a grain of salt. Studios often come up with fake scripts that are to be used exclusively during auditions, so name-dropping the Seven Deadly Sins isn't necessarily a guarantee that this is what will go down in the film. Even if the script used in the audition was the real one, it could've gone through a few changes between then and when the film was actually shooting, posing the possibility that it could've been scrapped last minute.
That said, if this should be the case, it'll be interesting to see how the film handles multiple villains, although it should be noted that superhero films have often been known to have more than one bad guy. In hindsight, it makes sense that the Seven Deadly Sins will appear in Shazam!, given how their narrative is tied to the wizard's narrative. One question worth asking is whether or not they'll be a recurring group of bad guys that can pop up in future DCEU films, or if they'll simply be one-0ff antagonists. Fans will just have to wait and wonder for now.