DC Entertainment President Geoff Johns confirmed to the Wall Street Journal today that actor Joe Manganiello, best known for his roles on “True Blood” and “Magic Mike” will bring some new moves to the big screen as DC Comic’s villain Deathstroke in Ben Affleck’s upcoming solo “Batman” movie.
— Ben Affleck (@BenAffleck) August 29, 2016
Affleck teased the inclusion of Deathstroke back in August with a short, mysterious video on Twitter. The internet has been abuzz with speculation about the video – who is playing Deathstroke, will he appear in Zach Snyder’s “Justice League,” and will he actually be as badass as he looks in the video? With Manganiello in the role, a lot of those concerns can be put to rest.
While his turn as Slade Wilson isn’t his first foray into the world of comic book movies (sharp-eyed fans will catch Manganiello as Flash Thompson, Peter Parker’s high school nemesis in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man movies), Ben Affleck’s Batman will certainly have his work cut out for him when they face off in the next “Batman” movie.
Ben Affleck’s upcoming solo “Batman” movie (which he is writing, producing, directing and starring in) marks Deathstroke’s first big screen appearance, though the character has been portrayed several times on TV, most recently by Manu Bennett in CW’s “Arrow.” Deathstroke made his first appearance in The New Teen Titan’s # 2. The mercenary and assassin was created by Marv Wolfman and George Perez way back in 1980, and has tortured many DC heroes ever since.
What are your thoughts? Does Manganiello’s “Brunch Bro” have what it takes to go toe-to-toe with Affleck’s Batman? Or do you think this is yet another misstep in DC’s Cinematic Universe?