Joe Manganiello To Play Deathstroke In Ben Affleck’s Batman Movie

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DC Entertainment president and chief creative officer Geoff Johns has revealed that True Blood star Joe Manganiello will play Slade Wilson a.k.a. Deathstroke in Ben Affleck’s Batman movie. Johns officially confirmed Manganiello’s casting in a recent interview with The Wall Street Journal.

Affleck, who’s currently shooting Justice League in London, shared a video of the villain on his personal Twitter page last week. The actor has been working on the script of his standalone Batman movie with Johns for the past year or so. The project doesn’t have an official release date yet, but it’s expected to hit theaters in 2018.

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Ever since the release of the Deathstroke video, fans have been wondering if the villain will also make an appearance in Zack Snyder’s Justice League, which is currently knee-deep into production. However, Johns declined to comment on the matter.

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Starring Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg, Amber Heard, Jeremy Irons, J.K. Simmons, Willem Dafoe and Julian Lewis Jones, Justice League hits theaters on November 17, 2017.

Source: The Wall Street Journal

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Michael Bezanidis

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  • jaayys_

    Confirmed? To who?

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  • DeVaughn Lee Brown

    I’ll wait for official announcement.

    • Vegas82

      According to WSJ this is directly from Geoff Johns’s mouth.

    • Vegas82

      Joe tweeted that it’s on with a link to the story. Is that official enough for you?

    • SAMURAI36

      You already got an official announcement.

  • DoYouFeelInCharge?

    WB/DC needs to go bigger with these announcements, there should be an official press release. That said, Joe is perfect for Slade, he’s physically imposing and matches Affleck in height.

    • Casey Bacon Strips Bowker

      You don’t Instagram a post-credit sequence. If they had saved that, people would have lost their minds in the theatre. But nope, WB releases their movie slate to shareholders, social media’s a huge villain reveal, then invites press to JL set because they want people on their side. I’m a DC fanboy all the way, but they are not handling things right with their characters and Cinematic Universe.

      • SAMURAI36

        People keep talking about that “shareholders” thing, like it was some sort of deadly sin. The reality is, EVERYBODY got the news of the DCEU the same as when Marvel launched theirs to the public: over the internet.

  • Peter James

    Would have preferred Manu Bennett, since he did such a great job with the TV version of Deathstroke, on Arrow, but I can understand why they couldn’t use him.

    This is a dilemma/problem for DC:
    When the TV actor plays the same role really well, then the Movie version actor will always be compared (unfairly or not) to that.

    They’ll face the same issue when Ezra Miller’s Flash inevitably gets the comparison treatment to Gustin Grant’s version from the TV show – with many people feeling he could have made a great movie version Flash.

    • jaayys_

      It’s just a different interpretation of a character. Everyone keeps mentioning about this ‘problem’, but I honestly don’t see any issue with it.

      Storytelling is an art form and like other art forms, artistic interpretation is an important aspect to appreciating it. The very nature of storytelling demands that tales should be told and retold by as many different people as possible. Nobody holds a monopoly on a story, character, etc.

      To me this is something to celebrate, not lambaste. We get to witness different interpretations and portrayals of our characters on screens (big & small), and I’m sure there will be more to come. It just shows really how far comic books as a medium has transcended.

      • SAMURAI36

        Precisely. People simply can’t stop themselves from seeing the DCEU from a MCU lens.

    • Steve Steve

      I don’t think the ~5 million people who watch Flash and Arrow on TV will conflict with the 40+ million people who will see Flash or Deathstroke in the films. The hardcore fans will have their minor gripes perhaps.

      My personal opinion is that season one of the Batman Animated Series (plus Mask of the Phantasm) is the high standard for Batman and the Joker. That doesn’t prevent me from enjoying other interpretations of the character.

    • louace

      I respect their opinion but i don’t get it…
      Grant Gustin is pretty awefull
      same as Stephen Amell
      Please keep the Arrowverse and DCEU separate
      I’m probably the only one but i really hate “Arrow”, “Flash” and especially “Supergirl”
      But i have to admit that Manu Bennett was great

      • Steve Steve

        I’m in the same boat as you. I like most of the actors in the DCTV shows, but I think they are only TV calibre talents. They have charm and charisma, but not enough to own a TV screen.

        I couldn’t finish Arrow Season 1 or 3, Flash season 1, Gotham season 1, or Supergirl season 1. They’re vacuously written and far too melodramatic. However, Manu Bennet was so good in season 2 of Arrow that he made up for the parts I can’t stand. I watched the whole season and am considering watching it again…

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  • ClownPrinceOfTroll

    Lol dceu cast sucks lmao.. out side ben and a margot. The dceu cast is trash lmao

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  • Steve Steve

    This is such an obvious decision that I am shocked, SHOCKED to discover DC made it happen! 😉


    For the folks that claim this hasn’t been offiicially announced: