Following Ben Affleck’s departure as the director of The Batman, the title character’s first solo outing in the DC Extended Universe, fans began to wonder when the film would get off the ground, even after Matt Reeves had signed on to helm the project. Actor Joe Manganiello, who will play the assassin named Deathstroke, recently assured fans that the film will move forward once everything is in place. In an interview with Total Film, Manganiello discussed the training he has gone through to prepare for the role and the challenge that comes with portraying a villain.
Manganiello detailed the training he has been doing in order to play the skilled mercenary.
“I just started kung fu, qigong and cutting with a live katana blade. That’s been a lot of fun. I grew up rooting for the villain.”
Manganiello discussed how playing a villain comes with a challenging opportunity.
“These characters mean so much to so many people and there’s a real opportunity to polarize an audience or have them walk away maybe not agreeing with my character but understanding what he does. That’s a really fun challenge.”
Manganiello’s previously detailed the extensive research he has done on the the character and his enthusiasm has assured fans that the role has been perfectly cast.
Written by Ben Affleck and Geoff Johns, The Batman has yet to be given on official release date.