Joe Manganiello, set to play villain Deathstroke in 'The Batman,' describes on MTV podcast how his serious discussions for Superman role got derailed
It looks as though ‘The Batman’ is going through some changes. During an interview with CBS Pittsburgh (via Batman News) Joe Manganiello – the man behind the Deathstroke mask – cast doubt on whether or not he’s even in the movie at all. “Maybe,” he said, throwing his hands up in the air when asked about ‘The Batman’.
Ben Affleck’s involvement with the new incarnation of Batman will be a big talking point throughout 2017, and the actor’s vowed to make something great. Summertime saw ‘Suicide Squad’ released to yet more mixed reaction, and despite it falling short of ‘Dawn of Justice’s’ $873 million haul by almost $130 million, both films made enough money to satisfy Warner Bros. in moving forward with the DCEU. Affleck’s venture into the comicbook world as Batman was hugely anticipated 12 month ago and now, with the Oscar-winning director writing, helming, and acting in the new solo outing, he’s not only accepted the magnitude of the task at hand but that he is determined to make a top-quality Batman story.
The Dark Knight kicks it up a notch… according to Deathstroke. “[Ben Affleck’s] take is a fresh take but I think the audience is going to be surprised,” he told the Mark Madden, Super Genius Podcast. Well, if you believe the hype, it could mean that reports of ‘The Batman’ script being in a spot of bother could be very, very wrong.
During an interview with Entertainment Tonight, ‘The Batman’ star Joe Manganiello revealed that Ben Affleck’s first solo Batman movie starts filming in spring. “I mentioned the other day, it’s been around for a long time that the movie … There is no Batman movie happening yet,” he told The Huffington Post. Of course, Affleck’s comments come after he seemingly confirmed the title for his upcoming Batman movie… but he’s since tried to affirm that the title hasn’t quite been decided.
Zack Snyder may have just confirmed Deathstroke for ‘Justice League’. Appearing on Twitter, the ‘Justice League’ director tweeted out a rather cool image of himself pawing over the film’s storyboard while wearing one of Batman’s gauntlets with the hashtag ‘#cosplay’. At first glance, the storyboard Zack is working on remains practically illegible.
It’s official - Joe Manganiello is Deathstroke. According to The Wall Street Journal, DC Entertainment president Geoff Johns confirmed that Joe Manganiello will star as Deathstroke in Ben Affleck’s first solo Batman movie. “Batman will face comic book villain Deathstroke, played by ‘True Blood’ star Joe Manganiello, in Ben Affleck’s first solo movie playing the Dark Knight,” they revealed.
Ben Affleck got the week off to a surprising start when he posted a live action video of Batman villain Deathstroke on social media. Despite the footage being shot on the set of next year’s ‘Justice League’, a later report confirmed that the reveal was teasing Deathstroke as the main antagonist of the upcoming solo Batman movie. It’s an unexpected but interesting choice given that most cinema-goers likely don’t have the first clue who the character is. With that in mind, we thought we’d tell you all you need to know about Deathstroke.