Joe Manganiello has revealed that he does have more information regarding whether or not he will portray Deathstroke in the upcoming DCEU film The Batman.
The original script from Ben Affleck and DC creative chief officer Geoff Johns featured Deathstroke as the main villain, however, the film’s new director Matt Reeves recently confirmed the project would be starting over with a completely new story. Joe Manganiello was originally set to star as the super villain but it remains unclear whether or not this will still be the case. The actor previously revealed that he wasn’t positive whether or not he would still be in the film but this has not yet been confirmed one way or the other.
In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Joe Manganiello was asked whether or not he had any more information regarding the status of the character and his inclusion in the film. Manganiello remained tight-lipped but did reveal that he know’s everything. He just can’t share any of it:
“I don’t. Well, I do but nothing that I can share. I know everything but I can’t say any of it.”
When asked whether or not his response was said in a happy or a downtrodden way, Joe Manganiello did little to offer hope that he’s still in the mix:
“[Pause.] I’m shooting for a neutral tone.”
Joe Manganiello was probed further as to when fans can expect to find out one way or the other but still did little to inspire any confidence:
“It’s not up to me. That’s a good question for Warner Bros. and D.C.”
With The Batman, Reeves has said that the film has to sync up with his vision for the character for him to feel confident in his choices is to make a film that he believes in but the director has not ruled out the possibility of Deathstroke as the villain. Reeves has only revealed that the new script will draw inspiration from The Dark Knight trilogy as it features a noir-driven detective story.
The Batman currently stars Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman, J.K. Simmons as Commissioner James Gordon and Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth. The film does not yet have a release date however the stars will be seen in their roles later this year when Justice League opens this fall.
Directed by Zack Snyder, Justice League stars Ben Affleck as Batman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Ezra Miller as The Flash, Ray Fisher as Cyborg, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Jeremy Irons as Alfred, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Amber Heard as Mera, J.K. Simmons as Jim Gordon, Kiersey Clemons as Iris West, Julian Lewis Jones, and Willem Dafoe are also set to appear. Here’s the official synopsis:
Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.
Justice League hits theaters November 17, 2017.
Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for the latest news on The Batman as we learn it.