Co-creator of Deathstroke the Terminator himself, Marv Wolfman met actor Joe Manganiello for lunch today and shared with the internet his confidence in the actor for the role.
Wolfman shared the photo on Facebook along with the caption:
“After a great lunch with Joe Manganiello, I feel more confident than ever that we got both the Slade Wilson the movies need and the Deathstroke great movies deserve.”
Manganiello replied to Wolfman via Twitter that the pleasure was all his:
The pleasure was all mine Marv! pic.twitter.com/6uFpjPgMbO
— Joe Manganiello (@JoeManganiello) April 10, 2017
Rumors that Manganiello was no longer going to play the role of Deathstroke in The Batman began to swirl after the actor recently revealed that he was no longer positive he would be suiting up as the supervillain. Batman himself, Ben Affleck and Argo scribe Chris Terrio had turned in a draft the studio was pleased with that featured Deathstroke as the villain but the film was reported to be going under a page one rewrite after Matt Reeves signed on to direct.
While it was never confirmed whether or not Manganiello had lost the role, this meeting certainly gives hope that he’ll still get to play Deathstroke once the principal photography gets underway which will likely be sometime in 2018 as Reeves will be busy fulfilling his contractual obligations to his new film War for the Planet of the Apes until June. The director will also be tied up promoting the film until it’s release on July 14.
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.
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