One of the things that we can look forward to in Ben Affleck’s upcoming Batman solo-film is the arrival of Joe Manganiello as the famous DC Comics villain Slade Wilson a.k.a. Deathstroke. In a recent podcast interview with the show Mark Madden – Super Genius, Manganiello spoke joining Affleck’s project for the Caped Crusader and how it will stand out from previous Batman films.
“His take is a fresh take, but I think the audience is going to be surprised. Because it is a road that no one has really gone down that is completely integral to who Batman is. I think it’s gonna be refreshing, but at the same time completely familiar. But it is going to take this franchise in a direction that I think a lot of people are going to be really happy about.”
He also went into talking about the film’s tone and praises Affleck for the great work that he has done in the past, which is why Manganiello joined the film when he met with Affleck.
“It is going to be gritty, action packed, cerebral and all of those elements that people love about Batman. Ben is a great director, man. The last film that man directed won best picture. He has got an Oscar for writing! Everything is lined up for a really really really great movie. Not only a superhero movie, but just a great great movie. Which is why I told him in the room when I met him that “I should be so lucky. I would be in great hands to work with you, I have loved all of your movies, let’s do this.”
Ben Affleck’s solo Batman film, which stars Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Joe Manganiello as Slade Wilson/Deathstroke, J.K. Simmons as Commissioner James Gordon and (yet to be confirmed) Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth, has yet to be given a release date. The screenplay was written by Affleck and Geoff Johns, co-head of the DC Films and president of DC Entertainment.