Joe Manganiello to Play Deathstroke in Ben Affleck’s Batman Film

Joe Manganiello Deathstroke
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Joe Manganiello will play DC’s deadly assassin Deathstroke in Ben Affleck’s upcoming Batman standalone film.

DC Entertainment president and chief creative officer Geoff Johns confirmed the casting on Thursday in an interview with the Wall Street Journal. The news comes a week after Affleck cryptically teased a video on social media that appeared to be a screen test, with the villain walking toward a camera, which led to fervent discussion about who was under the mask.

Deathstroke, aka Slade Wilson, was created by Marv Wolfman and George Perez, and first appeared in “The New Teen Titans #2” in 1980. Although he originally appeared as the archenemy of the teenage superhero team, Deathstroke eventually had run-ins with many other characters in the DC Universe, including Batman.

Manganiello’s Deathstroke won’t be the first live-action version of the character. “Spartacus” alum Manu Bennett played the character in three seasons of The CW’s “Arrow.”

Affleck donned the cape and cowl for the first time in this summer’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” and will do so again in “Justice League” next year. Johns declined to comment on whether Manganiello will make an appearance in the latter film.

“Justice League” hits theaters on Nov. 10, 2017, while “Justice League: Part Two” is slated for June 14, 2019.

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  1. Sj Jay says:

    Not again.First Lex and now Deathstroke.

  2. luis says:

    Joe Manganiello is a big dude and for this universe we need larger then life guys to stand and look intimidating…. Ben and Henry look scary as well as batman and superman. I feel their bad guy’s need to be bigger and badder then the tv versions. I mean batman is the best of the best …. and you want his bad guys the same…. u bring in bennnet and people are gonna be like look arrow beat him already batman gonna whip the floor with him

  3. Bob says:

    Someone remind me why Manu Bennet hasn’t earned this role?

    • Shaun says:

      For the same reason Grant Gustin isn’t being used as the Flash – for some godforsaken reason, DC is insisting on keeping their TV and movies separate from each other. Casting an actor from one ‘universe’ as the same character in the other ‘universe’ is would only confuse the matter more

    • tvanderm says:

      His Deathstroke and the Deathstroke of the DCEU are in completely separate universes. And even IF both Manu Bennet and Warner Bros were interested in having him, there are plenty of contract shenanigans to overcome.

  4. Cass says:

    DC/WB Keeps the disappointments coming, don’t they.

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