Joe Manganiello Teases Ben Affleck's "Fresh Take" on the Batman Movie

Tuesday, 08 November 2016 - 11:11AM
Tuesday, 08 November 2016 - 11:11AM
Joe Manganiello Teases Ben Affleck's "Fresh Take" on the Batman Movie
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There have been rumblings lately that Ben Affleck's Batman script might be in serious trouble, but whether that's true or not, the cast is keeping the hype train moving right along. According to Joe Manganiello, who's playing the villain Deathstroke, the film is a "fresh take" on a Batman movie, and will send the entire franchise in a new direction.

Speaking to Pittsburgh's Mark Madden (via Reddit), Manganiello previewed Affleck's "surprising" take on the character:

Opening quote
"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."
Closing quote

It's interesting that he's saying it will be a new path for Batman, but at the same time "integral to who Batman is." Does that mean there will be some sort of connection to his origin story? Or is this obliquely confirming that there will be a ton of villains from the Rogues Gallery, which is indeed integral to the Batman comics? He wouldn't confirm or deny any plot details, so we can only guess.

He did, however, talk about the vibe of the film, which will apparently be "gritty" and "cerebral":

Opening quote
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.
Closing quote

Obviously, Manganiello is contractually obligated to say good things about the movie, but I still don't think we should be worried yet. Affleck is a great writer/director, and he really seems to understand what fans love about Batman. Even if the rumors are true that WB doesn't care about the quality of the script, he could still put enough effort into it to make the movie great.

And speaking of those rumors, Bret Easton Ellis pretty much walked his original statements back anyway:


The Batman starts filming next spring.
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