It doesn’t take the World’s Greatest Detective to realize that Ben Affleck’s “The Batman” is riddled with questions, including whether or not Joe Manganiello will still be playing Slade Wilson, AKA Deathstroke, in the film. However, Deathstroke co-creater Marv Wolfman seems to have taken a liking to Warner Bros.’ casting decision, as evidenced by a recent post on social media.
Yesterday, Wolfman took to Facebook to sing the praises of Manganiello after the two had lunch together, assuring fans that the actor is both the Deathstroke the movies need, as well as the one they deserve.
Deathstroke, of course, was created by Wolfman, along with George Pérez, back in 1980, and the character would make his first appearance in the pages of “New Teen Titans” #2 in December of that year. While Wolfman’s praise is by no means official conformation that Manganiello is still 100% on-board, they certainly hold a lot of weight when it comes to the former “True Blood” star’s casting.
After news of Ben Affleck abandoning the director’s chair, delays that will prevent filming until 2018, and that the script is being rewritten from the ground up, this is a much more pleasant update concerning the new solo Batman film.
As of now, “The Batman” stars Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne, Alfred Pennyworth, J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon, and Joe Manganiello as Deathstroke, and is expected to be released in 2019.