Earlier this year, back when Ben Affleck was going to write, direct, produce and star in the next live-action Batman movie, not much was known about the details of the project, but it was revealed that Joe Manganiello was going to co-star as the main villain, Deathstroke the Terminator. All bets were off though once Affleck stepped away from the director’s chair, and Matt Reeves took over. Since then, it’s been announced that Reeves has thrown out Affleck’s script, and is going to be his own thing, which has made fans wonder if “his own thing” included Deathstroke? Well, there may now be some insight.
Manganiello was asked in a new interview if he knew what the future held for Deathstroke. “I don’t. Well, I do but nothing that I can share. I know everything but I can’t say any of it,” the actor told The Hollywood Reporter, who followed up by asking the actor if the news made him happy or sad. “I’m shooting for a neutral tone,” he said.
In other words, don’t hold your breath. “It’s not up to me. That’s a good question for Warner Bros. and DC,” Manganiello added.
It was an unusual choice to have Deathstroke as the villain in The Batman because he’s typically a Teen Titans villain, although Slade Wilson has turned up in Batman books and other DC Comics titles (not to mention he was a very popular big bad on the CW’s Arrow). It was a bold move, but Reeves has made it very clear that he’s going to chase his own ideas for the upcoming Batman movie, and that may or may not include Deathstroke, who, played by Manganiello, would have been a very physical threat to the Dark Knight in any event. Even if he’s not in The Batman, it might be wise for Warners and DC to keep Manganiello on retainer.
Joe Manganiello will next be seen in the comedy Drunk Parents and in the video game movie Rampage opposite Dwayne Johnson.