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Joe Manganiello Talks Deathstroke And ‘The Batman’

Manganiello yet again discusses his role as Deathstroke in the DCEU.

There are very few villains I get excited about seeing on the big screen but Joe Manganiello’s Deathstroke is one of them. The actor has been vocal in the past about his villainous role in The Batman and in a new interview with Robert Irvine Magazine, Manganiello yet again discusses his excitement.

In the interview, Manganiello discusses his excitement to join the DC Extended Universe and what it’s like to work alongside Ben Affleck, Zack Snyder, and Geoff Johns.

RI: You’re now entering the DC Extended Universe, which includes Man of Steel, Batman V Superman, and Suicide Squad– those movies have been successful, but have had a very rough time critically.

JM: As far as what other people think, I can’t comment, I’m just me. I’m very excited for this role. I’m very excited to be working with the people I’m going to be working with. I’ve known Jon Berg (producer) prior to joining the DCEU. I met everyone, Zack Snyder included, when Man of Steel came out. I’ve known them all for years and I’m very excited to work with everyone. Ben Affleck makes great films and he’s a great Batman. Geoff Johns certainly is a really fun guy to hang around with and has a great grasp on this steering wheel that is the Titanic of the DCEU. Knowing what they have planned for the future, I think fans are really gonna love. There were a lot of superhero and supervillain roles that came my way and my gut said those were not the right fit for me. This one was perfect. This was exactly what I was looking for.

RI: And you get to make him your own because he’s never been portrayed in a live-action film before.

JM: Yeah, I guess there was a TV show but I haven’t seen it. I won’t watch it. This is my character, an exciting one, and has the capacity I think, to be a great villain. And what all the great ones can do is polarize an audience. When I was a kid I always rooted for the villain. As a kid I think I would have rooted for him and I think fans will.

“RI: You said in an interview last year that you might start filming in the spring. Other recent reports show the script might not be there.”

“JM: Last year, I said May and that was my understanding. It depends. They have big plans for this movie. Whether or not we start exactly on that date or in June, whatever it is, it doesn’t matter. Here’s the thing: The creative process needs to be respected and no one involved in this film wants to make anything less than an unbelievable film, a legendary film. The movie will start shooting whenever those pieces are in place and we know this is gonna be something that we’re proud of. What we’re not gonna do is be backed into a start date, scrambling to get something off the ground just to get it off the ground. Everyone involved wants to make this the best film possible, so that’s really what it’s about. It’s funny how the media likes to run with, “Oh there’s trouble!” “Oh, the script needs to be revised!” They’re drama queens. There’s a creative process, and everyone on the cast and crew wants to make this the best movie possible. So that’s what we’re gonna do. When we start shooting it, we’ll start shooting it. It will be soon, I can say that. Here’s the thing: No one wants to create that superhero movie that’s polarizing to fans and critics. Rest assured, we’re gonna do this thing right.”


From what Manganiello is saying, we should look forward to one of the most creative and entertaining Batman films we’ve ever seen. It’s good to see how excited this actor is to play the villain and join this universe. Sometime’s it can be hard to get excited about one of these movies with so many negative articles but Manganiello does a good job of boosting my excitement and reassuring me that DC Comics and the leadership team at Warner Bros. can make a good Batman film.

The Batman still doesn’t have a release date but is expected to land in 2018 or 2019.


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