The Batman film recently got Matt Reeves officially signed on as the director of the movie which will star Ben Affleck reprising the role of the Caped Crusader. In a recent interview with Robert Irvine Magazine, Joe Manganiello, who will be playing Slade Wilson a.k.a. Deathstroke in The Batman, spoke once again about taking on this iconic role as well as offering new updates on production kicking off.
Manganiello stressed that it’s imperative to let filming commence when everything is in place and not rush things through just to get it off the ground. He also commented on how he finds the online world’s reactions a bit ridiculous every time there are reports about revising scripts or other creative changes.
“Last year, I said May and that was my understanding. It depends. They have big plans for this movie. Whether or not we start exactly on that date or in June, whatever it is, it doesn’t matter. Here’s the thing: The creative process needs to be respected and no one involved in this film wants to make anything less than an unbelievable film, a legendary film. The movie will start shooting whenever those pieces are in place and we know this is gonna be something that we’re proud of. What we’re not gonna do is be backed into a start date, scrambling to get something off the ground just to get it off the ground. Everyone involved wants to make this the best film possible, so that’s really what it’s about. It’s funny how the media likes to run with, “Oh there’s trouble!” “Oh, the script needs to be revised!” They’re drama queens. There’s a creative process, and everyone on the cast and crew wants to make this the best movie possible. So that’s what we’re gonna do. When we start shooting it, we’ll start shooting it. It will be soon, I can say that. Here’s the thing: No one wants to create that superhero movie that’s polarizing to fans and critics. Rest assured, we’re gonna do this thing right.”
Manganiello also spoke about his overall excitement about joining the DC Extended Universe and working with people like Geoff Johns, Zack Snyder, Jon Berg and Ben Affleck.
“As far as what other people think, I can’t comment, I’m just me. I’m very excited for this role. I’m very excited to be working with the people I’m going to be working with. I’ve known Jon Berg (producer) prior to joining the DCEU. I met everyone, Zack Snyder included, when Man of Steel came out. I’ve known them all for years and I’m very excited to work with everyone. Ben Affleck makes great films and he’s a great Batman. Geoff Johns certainly is a really fun guy to hang around with and has a great grasp on this steering wheel that is the Titanic of the DCEU. Knowing what they have planned for the future, I think fans are really gonna love. There were a lot of superhero and supervillain roles that came my way and my gut said those were not the right fit for me. This one was perfect. This was exactly what I was looking for.”
Matt Reeves’ The Batman, which stars Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Joe Manganiello as Slade Wilson/Deathstroke, J.K. Simmons as Commissioner James Gordon and Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth, has yet to be given a release date. The screenplay was written by Argo scribe Chris Terrio.
Source: Robert Irvine Magazine