According to none other than DC Comics president/CCO and DC Extended Universe overlord Geoff Johns, Joe Manganiello will indeed be playing the mercenary/assassin Deathstroke in Warner Bros.’ upcoming film slate. It’s looking like Manganiello will be antagonizing Ben Affleck‘s Batman in the writer/director/star’s solo adventure that’s looking to hit screens as early as 2018. And while fans might get a glimpse of Deathstroke, a.k.a. Slade Wilson, in Zack Snyder‘s upcoming Justice League film (perhaps in a stinger scene), we’ve actually already seen the man in action thanks to a teaser released by Affleck over social media.
Though quotes are scant at the moment, the news comes from The Wall Street Journal which reports that Johns himself confirmed the casting. Johns stopped short of confirming whether or not Manganiello had a cameo in Justice League, but since the production is still underway in London, there’s every chance that he’ll make an appearance. Whether that was always the plan or whether that opportunity will come up in the eventual reshoots remains to be seen.
In case you missed it, here’s Affleck’s reveal of the live-action version of Deathstroke, now known to be Manganiello:
Manganiello himself recently followed the news up with a sort of confirmation of his own:
Perhaps best known for his role of the werewolf Alcide on HBO’s True Blood, Manganiello has landed high-profile gigs in recent years, including the two movies in the Magic Mike franchise and Suicide Squad director David Ayer‘s law enforcement action film Sabotage, opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger. Coming in at 6’5″ and bringing a wealth of stunt and action experience to the role, Manganiello’s Deathstroke will certainly be an imposing obstacle for the Batman. Created in 1980 by Marv Wolfman and George Pérez, a history of his villainous deeds can be found right here.
Personally, I love the selection of Deathstroke as an antagonist (and Manganiello’s casting as well) in Warner Bros.’ upcoming film(s) because he’s not your average villain, but rather a mercenary for hire. Will he be tasked with taking down the Batman in a more up-close-and-personal manner than the convoluted plan that Lex Luthor devised in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice? Money’s all the motivation a hired gun like Deathstroke would require, and all the exposition I’d need to see these two go toe-to-toe in a big-screen movie.
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