Did ‘Arrow’ Boss Marc Guggenheim Confirm Deathstroke Is Out Of ‘The Batman’?

Batman Joe Manganiello Deathstroke ArrowArrow 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.

Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for the latest news on The Batman as we learn it.

Source: Collider

5 Things We Want To See In ‘Flashpoint’

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Ezra Miller The Flash DC FlashpointWith 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.

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Michael Mistroff

Michael Mistroff

Michael Mistroff is a Film/TV Reporter and the News Editor at Heroic Hollywood.

  • CineNaste

    That quote could also mean that the same character can appear in both tv and movies now.

    • Jon Martinez

      Or even that “The Batman” is so far out from hitting theaters that more Arrow Deathstroke in the meantime is a non issue presently.

      There’s a handful of things that could be taken away from this and everyone is jumping on the most extreme conclusion.

      Also what does guggenheim’s statement of “That changed at the end of the year.” even mean? We’re still in the 3rd quarter of 2017 and The Batman was still under Affleck throughout 2016.

      • CineNaste

        Very true.

      • Jared M. Bobak

        i agree with ya, im usually a DC doom and gloomer but just over a year ago was when Affleck posted the Deathstroke teaser video to instagram and they released a JL trailer at NYCC that got a lot of hype behind it in october last year…

        However he could be alluding to a lot of stuff that is behind the scenes and not confirmed. I hate to pull from nothing but Ben Affleck’s personal life has been in shambles for nearly 18+ months between divorce and rehab, bvs bombed, his last movie, the Accountant bombed…If any of that affected his performance during JL i wouldnt be surprised if WB didnt file it away that they were going to pull the plug on his batman. If he was unreliable as an actor then obviously they wouldnt want him as a director and writer of a huge blockbuster movie he gets to act in. And lets be honest, Deathstroke is a Teen Titans villain..

        • Grifter

          How do you figure that BvS and The Accountant bombed? In the motion picture industry, a “box office bomb” is a film that is considered highly unsuccessful or unprofitable during its theatrical run, often following significant hype regarding its cost, production, or marketing efforts.

          Now, let’s look at some numbers, BvS had a budget of 250 million dollas, earned 330 domestically plus 542 overseas, in total it’s a ton of money. More than enough. Accountant on the other hand had a budget of 44 million, earned 86 domestically, almost doubling its budget and another 68 million overseas. How are any of these bombs I don’t know, might want to actually learn what a word “box office bomb” is. Get your facts straight.

          • Rob

            BvS wasn’t a bomb, but it was certainly a disappointment. It should have done at least a billion dollars.

        • Jon Martinez

          I’ve always advocated that Deathstroke has been his own entity ever since his solo Deathstroke the Terminator series in the 90’s. At this point Slade has starred as the protagonist of his own comic books far longer than he has interacted with the Titans.. For instance I wouldn’t still consider The Punisher to be a Spider-Man baddie.

          It just so happens that a lot of folks initial exposure to Slade is via Teen Titans animated. Or know that a chunk of his comic debut is ingrained in Titans lore. However he’s been capable of running his own show for quite some time. Not to mention he’s the WORLDS deadliest assassin. The majority of popular characters in the DCU are game for the right price.

          Most gray area characters get their start somewhere. Punisher, Wolverine, Harley, etc. From there they flourish into their own and become household names. DC just happens to keep shooting themselves in the foot with Deathstroke. Always 2 steps forward 1 step back. Quite frustrating as a long time fan.

  • Rob

    I am guessing that Deathstroke is gone from The Batman. Reeves has said the movie would be more of a detective/noir theme. Deathstroke is not really the shadowy figure pulling strings behind the scenes type of villain you would expect in that type of movie.

    I wonder Manganiello could be retained for another villain though. I think the perfect story for this type of movie is the Night of the Owls and he could play a Talon.