Arrow executive producer Marc Guggenheim may have revealed Warner Bros. has ditched their plans to include Deathstroke in the upcoming standalone Batman film, The Batman directed by Matt Reeves.
The future of Deathstroke and his inclusion in the DC Extended Universe is something that has been up in the air for quite some time. Although the original script from Ben Affleck and DC creative chief officer Geoff Johns featured Deathstroke as the main villain, director Matt Reeves has confirmed the project will now feature a completely new story.
Actor Joe Manganiello was originally set to star as the super villain but it remains unclear whether or not this will still be the case. Reeves has said that the film has to sync up with his vision for the character for him to feel confident in his choices is to make a film that he believes in but the director has not ruled out the possibility of Deathstroke as the villain. Manganiello previously revealed that he wasn’t positive whether or not he would still be in the film but this has not yet been confirmed one way or the other, however, while recently speaking to Collider, Guggenheim was asked about the return of Deathstroke to the series — who was forced to exit when Warner Bros. revealed their plans to introduce the character to the DCEU — and speaking on his return, Guggenheim has suggested that the studio no longer intends on featuring Deathstroke in the upcoming standalone Batman film:
“It was actually a function of… DC controls these characters, and we went through a period where DC was like, ‘We’ve got plans for Deathstroke that don’t involve Arrow.’ That changed at the end of the year, though.”
The Batman currently stars Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman, J.K. Simmons as Commissioner James Gordon and Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth. The film does not yet have a release date however the stars will be seen in their roles later this year when Justice League opens this fall.
Justice League stars Ben Affleck as Batman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Ezra Miller as The Flash, Ray Fisher as Cyborg, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Jeremy Irons as Alfred, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Amber Heard as Mera, J.K. Simmons as Jim Gordon, Kiersey Clemons as Iris West, Julian Lewis Jones, and Willem Dafoe are also set to appear. Here’s the official synopsis:
Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.
Justice League hits theaters November 17, 2017.
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5 Things We Want To See In ‘Flashpoint’
With DC revealing that the upcoming Flash movie will be titled Flashpoint, fans are wracking their brains trying to figure out what will happen. While the story is famous for rebooting the DC universe before the New 52 initiative, the series is chop full of awesome moments. The book is full of awesome alternate versions of characters and emotional moments that ground the universe-changing story in a deeply personal core narrative. For those who don’t know, Flashpoint follows what happens after Barry Allen travels back in time to save his mother on the night of her murder. When he returns to the present, he finds that everything he’s ever known is different and he’s even lost his powers.
It might not be the perfect story to introduce people to the larger Flash universe, but I trust Geoff Johns. Hopefully now that the plot seems to be a bit more set, a director or directors (I’m looking at you Phil Lord and Chris Miller) will step onto the project soon and help mold it into something awesome. If Warner Bros. chooses to introduce an alternate version of the DC Extended Universe to the bigscreen, there’s no one I’d rather explore it with than Flash. Barry Allen is the heart and soul of the DCU, so it’s only fitting to watch him try and inject some light into a dark version of his home.
Hit Next to learn about the five things we want to see in Flashpoint.