Could Joe Manganiello return as Deathstroke in James Gunn’s new DC Universe? The actor recently teased his return as the character following his role in the Snyder Cut!
Seeing Joe Manganiello properly suit up as Deathstroke after half a decade was one of the most satisfying moments in the Snyder Cut, bringing to a close a promise from the days when Ben Affleck was first cast as Batman. However, it seems the actor’s time in the DC Universe may not be over yet, with him teasing his return in a recent Instagram story:
It’s not surprising that Joe Manganiello could return as Deathstroke in the DC Universe. Early concept art for James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad revealed that the character originally led the team in Bloodsport’s stead before being ultimately replaced. Here’s to hoping that the actor can finally fulfill his role outside of the Snyder Cut!
The SnyderVerse era is over for now
The term “SnyderVerse” refers to the interconnected film universe that Zack Snyder created, which began with Man of Steel and continued with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League. Those plans have been scrapped in favor of an interconnected DC Universe consisting of film, television, animation and video game projects, with James Gunn and Peter Safran at the helm.
Despite its mixed reception, the SnyderVerse has a dedicated fanbase that appreciates Zack Snyder’s DC Universe vision. Fans have praised the SnyderVerse films for their darker tone and mature storytelling. They have also criticized Warner Bros. and DC’s interference with Snyder’s DCU plans, which they believe resulted in the lackluster final product of Justice League.
In 2021, Zack Snyder released his four-hour long Justice League cut on the WarnerMedia streaming service HBO Max. His version of Justice League was well received by fans and critics alike, who praised its improvement over the original version of the movie, which was overseen by Joss Whedon. The release of the Snyder Cut has reignited interest in the SnyderVerse and sparked speculation about its future.
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