Shazam Concept Artist Shares Early Design of DCEU’s Wrath Creature


Shazam! concept artist Jerad Marantz shares a picture of an unused, yet terrifying design for the DCEU’s version of Wrath with fans.

Concept artist Jerad Marantz gives fans a look at an early Wrath design for Warner Bros.’ Shazam!. The action-comedy follows Billy Batson, a foster kid who is begrudgingly chosen by the ancient wizard, Shazam, to receive an array of superpowers. Shazam has spent centuries in a place known as the Rock of Eternity, waiting for a champion who is pure of heart. However, his search is complicated by the fact that his last champion released the Seven Deadly Sins, killing every other wizard on Shazam’s council.

Shazam does not view Billy to be worthy of the powers of Solomon, Hercules, Atlas, Zeus, Achilles, and Mercury. However, he chooses him because the Seven Deadly Sins have once again been released. Thaddeus Sivana (who failed Shazam’s “pure of heart” test as a child) achieved his life-long and spiteful goal of returning to the Rock of Eternity. He steals the Eye of Sin and becomes the vessel of the Seven Deadly Sins—Lust, Gluttony, Greed, Sloth, Envy, Pride, and Wrath. Outside of Sivana (when he is vulnerable), these demons manifest themselves as monsters, harnessing the power of the sins they represent.

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Arguably the most intimating of these sins is Wrath. At one point in the film, we see Wrath bite the head off of Sivana Industries’ board member and throw his body out of a window. Marantz, a concept artist who worked on Shazam! Recently posted a menacing picture of Wrath to Instagram. The design below is different than the one used in the final film.

Shazam! alludes to how Wrath and the others were released by Teth-Adam AKA Black Adam thousands of years earlier. He does this to avenge the murder of his family. The sins not only do this but kill millions of people and everyone on the Council of Wizards (except for Shazam). Luckily, Shazam defeats the demons on his own and imprisons them within statues in the Rock of Eternity. At the end of Shazam!, Billy (as his superhero alter-ego, Shazam) follows in the old wizard’s footsteps by removing the Eye of Sin from Sivana and imprisoning the Seven Deadly Sins. This may be explored in the DC Extended Universe’s upcoming Black Adam solo film.

The concept art for Shazam!’s Wrath is just as terrifying (if not more so) than the version we see in the final film. Marantz’s hellish color scheme evokes a feeling appropriate for one of the franchise’s oldest and most mythological antagonists. Whether we get to see the creature again in Black Adam or Shazam 2, remains to be seen. 

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Source: Jerad Marantz/Instagram

Key Release Dates

Wonder Woman 1984 (2020)Release date: Oct 02, 2020
The Suicide Squad (2021)Release date: Aug 06, 2021
The Batman (2021)Release date: Oct 21, 2021
Black Adam (2021)Release date: Dec 22, 2021
DC Super Pets (2022)Release date: May 20, 2022
The Flash (2022)Release date: Jun 03, 2022
Shazam 2 (2022)Release date: Nov 04, 2022
Aquaman 2 (2022)Release date: Dec 16, 2022

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