Joe Manganiello Explains Deathstroke’s History With Ben Affleck’s Batman

"An eye for an eye."

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Joe Manganiello teased an interesting detail from Deathstroke’s backstory that would’ve played a role in Ben Affleck’s The Batman film.

The Batman that now stars Robert Pattinson is less than a year away. However, the recent release of Zack Snyder’s Justice League gave us an idea for what was in store for Ben Affleck’s version of the project, which would’ve starred Joe Manganiello as Deathstroke.

Much has been teased recently about Ben Affleck’s plan for The Batman, and during a recent episode of the ComicBook Nation podcast, Joe Manganiello hinted at Deathsroke’s history with Batman in the DC Extended Universe:

“As you could kind of like infer from the proper Justice League end credit scene, Slade is summoned by Luther, who offers a peace offering of information to Slade. He knows that Slade lost his son and he blamed Batman for it. Batman had a hand in it. And Luthor summons him to his yacht and gives him a key piece of information that Batman’s secret identity is Bruce Wayne. So, now he’s setting loose this unstoppable force on Gotham City and Bruce Wayne and the Batman film was going to be kind of similar to like, you know, imagine if David Fincher’s The Game was real. [He] systematically dismantles Bruce’s life and starts murdering all the people in it. And destroy his finances and just basically paints him into a corner.”

Do you hope we see Joe Manganiello suited up as Deathstroke again in the future? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below!

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 is now available on HBO Max. Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for the latest news regarding the future of the DC Extended Universe, 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.