Joe Manganiello recently shared that the fight scenes in Ben Affleck’s The Batman were going to be inspired by the Deathstroke cinematic from Arkham Origins.
Back when Ben Affleck was still on board to write, direct, and star in The Batman, the film would’ve featured Deathstroke as its main adversary. Fans got a first glimpse at Deathsroke’s armor in a screen test Affleck shared back in 2016, and Joe Manganiello was cast in the role. The actor later appeared briefly as Deathstroke in the Justice League‘s theatrical cut and will return in the Snyder Cut during the Knightmare sequence.
The Batman has now taken a completely different shape since, with Matt Reeves at the helm and Robert Pattinson starring as a young Dark Knight. On the Happy Sad Confused podcast, Joe Manganiello revealed the fight scenes in Ben Affleck’s The Batman were going to be inspired by the Arkham Origins cinematic from Deadpool director Tim Miller:
“I was in the mix over there. All the executives when it came up that Ben wanted to make Deathstroke the villain. Then this discussion happened where the executives said ‘You know who would be great is Joe.’ And then Zack Snyder, who knew me from year’s previous, said ‘Yeah I know Joe.’ They vouched for me which set up a meeting between Ben Affelck and I. Ben told me ‘You’re the only person I’m meeting with.’ We had a discussion, we watched the Tim Miller video. The Tim Miller piece that got him Deadpool. He made that Arkham Origins Deathstroke vs. Batman video. Ben and I talked about that a lot and how that was going to relate to the action sequences. We talked specifically about one big action piece and what that was going to entail, not in geat detail, but the broad strokes.”
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Here is the official synopsis for the Snyder Cut:
“In ZACK SNYDER’S JUSTICE LEAGUE, determined to ensure Superman’s (Henry Cavill) ultimate sacrifice was not in vain, Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) aligns forces with Diana Prince (Gal Gadot) with plans to recruit a team of metahumans to protect the world from an approaching threat of catastrophic proportions. The task proves more difficult than Bruce imagined, as each of the recruits must face the demons of their own pasts to transcend that which has held them back, allowing them to come together, finally forming an unprecedented league of heroes. Now united, Batman (Affleck), Wonder Woman (Gadot), Aquaman (Jason Momoa), Cyborg (Ray Fisher) and The Flash (Ezra Miller) may be too late to save the planet from Steppenwolf, DeSaad and Darkseid and their dreadful intentions.”
Directed by Zack Snyder, Justice League stars Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher, Jeremy Irons, Diane Lane, Connie Nielsen, J. K. Simmons, and Ciarán Hinds.
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Source: Happy Sad Confused