True Blood and Magic Mike star Joe Manganiello will be playing Deathstroke in the upcoming Ben Affleck written and directed film, The Batman. Shockingly, Manganiello believes the movie is good and that people will enjoy it. Via a transcription of the Mark Madden, Super Genius podcast from a subreddit dedicated to Deathstroke which apparently exists, Manganiello talked about the film.
When I met Ben we sat down and we talked about, you know, the role. We talked about the movie. His take is a fresh take but I think the audience is going to be surprised. Because it's a road that no one's really gone down that's completely integral to, you know, who Batman is. And I think it's gonna be refreshing but at the same time completely familiar. But it's going to take this franchise in a direction that I think A LOT of people are going to be really happy about.
It's going to be gritty and action packed and cerebral and all of those elements that people love about Batman. Ben's a great director, man. I mean the last movie that man directed won best picture. He's got an Oscar for writing. Like, this is all the components to go down as a… 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, you know, I told him in the room man, when I met him. "I should be so lucky, I'd be in great hands to work with you, I love your movies, let's do this."
Wow! A "gritty" take on Batman sounds fresh indeed! It's also good to hear that Manganiello believes fans will enjoy the film, but then again, he can afford to be confident when he possesses one of the most potent secret weapons to increase fan enjoyment of any film – the ability to take off his shirt.
Okay, Joe, we're sold on this one.
The Batman, written by, directed, and starring Ben Affleck, and also Joe Manganiello, is expected to hit theaters in 2018. Manganiello will debut as Deathstroke in Justice League in November 2017.