Confirmed: Joe Manganiello is the DCEU’s Deathstroke

Thursday, 08 September 2016 - 4:27PM
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Thursday, 08 September 2016 - 4:27PM
Confirmed: Joe Manganiello is the DCEU’s Deathstroke
The test footage that Ben Affleck posted to twitter of a live action Deathstroke nearly broke the internet last week, and fans immediately started trying to guess who was behind that mask. They weren't left to wonder too long, however, as president of DC Entertainment and co-writer of the upcoming Batman movie, Geoff Johns, has confirmed that the DCEU's Deathstroke is Joe Mangianello.  

Manganiello was first rumored for the role way back when it was speculated that Deahtstroke would be in Suicide Squad. However, as it became apparent that the character wouldn't be in the film, talk about the character's possible role in the DCEU died down. There were also rumors following the release of the test footage that it was Manganiello behind the mask, seeing as he was apparently in London at the time (the same location Justice League is currently filming in).  

Johns also confirmed that Deathstroke will be one of the villains for the upcoming Batman film. The character could also appear in the DCEU before then, which is a large possibility, seeing that the test footage of Deathstroke was filmed at the same time Justice League is being filmed. However, when asked specifically if Manganiello would have a role in Justice League, Geoff Johns chose not to comment.  

Deathstroke's popularity has been on the rise, especially following the wonderful portrayal of the character by Manu Bennet on the CW's Arrow. Of course, Deathstroke was also voiced by Ron Perlman in the original Teen Titans animated series and was additionally one of the most memorable villains of the Arkham video game series. In fact, while Batman: Arkham Origins isn't even technically in the Rocksteady trilogy, the battle with Deathstroke tends to be ranked first when fans talk about the best boss fights.

Ben Affleck is an Oscar-winning screenwriter, and Geoff Johns is one of the most popular comic book authors currently in the industry. Having them pair up to create the script for the next Batman film certainly seems to be a best-case scenario, and yet this time, it's also a reality. Their first creative decision was made manifest by bringing on a villain that Batman has never had the chance to face before on the big screen, and from the sound of fans' reactions, Affleck and Johns are definitely moving in the right direction.  

Justice League hits theaters on November 17th, 2017. The untitled Batman film is currently rumored for a 2018 release date.
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