Ben Affleck’s ‘The Batman’ Would’ve Seen Batgirl Fight Deathstroke

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Joe Manganiello recently revealed Ben Affleck’s The Batman would’ve featured a showdown between Batgirl and his Deathstroke.

During the epilogue of Zack Snyder’s Justice League, we got an alternate scene with Joe Manganiello’s Deathstroke and Lex Luthor, where the villain learned Bruce Wayne was Batman ahead of the planned solo film. Of course, Ben Affleck’s version of The Batman is no longer happening, but that hasn’t stopped Manganiello from sharing some cool details about the scrapped project.

Zack Snyder recently teased Batgirl’s major role in his plan for the DCEU, and Joe Manganiello teased The Batman‘s fight sequences were going to be inspired by Tim Miller’s Arkham Origins cinematic. During an appearance on the ComicBook Nation podcast, Manganiello revealed Affleck’s The Batman would’ve also pitted Deathstroke up against Batgirl:

“There was like a big huge showdown. I think… Batgirl jumps in to try to help Bruce because Deathstroke is so fast that he can anticipate Bruce’s movements. And there was this huge fight in Gotham City where Batman is like, you know, completely afraid because he realizes he’s met someone who can take him. And that leads to this big climactic battle through the streets of Gotham City at the end.”

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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.

Zack Snyder’s Justice League will hit HBO Max on March 18, 2021. Stay tuned for the latest news regarding Robert Pattinson’s The Batman leading up to its release, and make sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel for more content!


Ryden Scarnato

Ryden Scarnato

Ryden's affection for all things DC, Marvel, and Star Wars has led him to entertainment journalism at Heroic Hollywood as a News Editor.