Joe Manganiello Reveals Violent Deathstroke Story In Ben Affleck’s ‘The Batman’

Deathstroke v the Bat-Family, anyone?

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Joe Manganiello revealed the original violent story for Deathstroke in the plot of Ben Affleck’s The Batman.

For fans of the DC Extended Universe it’ll always be disappointing that Ben Affleck’s version of The Batman will never be seen on the big screen. And after Justice League was given a new home on HBO Max, many want to see a series from that story materialize in some way. In a recent appearance at Justice Con, Deathstroke star Joe Manganiello revealed more about the script for the film, explaining that the death of Slade Wilson’s son is what kicks off his quest for vengeance against Batman.

“The way it was written at the time I read the script was that Batman was blamed by Slade for the death of his son. Slade’s son gets killed. There were some events that led back to Bruce, led back to Batman. That he had a hand in it, that he was partially responsible for it. Slade blamed him. Word was on the street that Slade wanted to kill Batman. That’s why he was summoned to Lex Luthor’s yacht and given a key piece of information to help with that as well. So that Slade could potentially get rid of Batman.”

Joe Manganiello went on to explain that some of the “regular Batman characters” wouldn’t have made it through the Ben Affleck film, explaining that Deathstroke “would have been cleaning house.” The star had already revealed that Slade would’ve fought Batgirl, so chances are Barbara Gordon might’ve been killed by him. Manganiello also opened up about what was planned for the Deathstroke movie, comparing it to The Bourne Identity. Take a look below.

“It involved Adeline [Kane], the kids, who were going to be young, Wintergreen, Talia [al Ghul]. In my script, there was an origin story for the sword and there were League of Shadows ties and things like that. It was more of a Tom Clancy ripped from the headlines sort of story, or even like a Bourne Identity where it was going to be really grounded, and political with military drama as far as what it would take to go from devoting his life to his country for this life he believed in to, you know, having the rug pulled out from underneath him and being stabbed in the back and not knowing who to trust.”

What do you make of the Deathstroke story in The Batman? Which members of the Bat-family do you think he’d kill in Ben Affleck’s film? Sound-off in the comments 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 hit HBO Max on March 18, 2021. Stay tuned for the latest news regarding Ben Affleck’s Batman and Joe Manganiello as Deathstroke, and the future of the DC Extended Universe, and make sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel for more content!

Source: Justice Con

Eammon Jacobs

Eammon Jacobs

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