WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Justice League, in theaters now.
Despite leaking online just days before the theatrical release of Justice League, countless fans who managed to stay clear of spoilers left theaters this weekend smiling after seeing Joe Manganiello’s Deathstroke make a surprise appearance in one of the film’s two post-credits scenes. However, despite his limited screen time, Manganiello’s take on the mercenary is already receiving praise from his TV counterpart Manu Bennett, who not only plays Slade Wilson on The CW’s Arrow but remains open to a spinoff series.
“Joe Manganiello is gonna bring — well, he’s already brought — Deathstroke to the screen in the new Justice League,” Bennett said over the weekend at Heroes & Villains Fanfest in Atlanta. “You know, Joe’s a really fantastic, fantastic, wonderful guy who’s done a lot of work in preparing himself for whatever his next role is, you know, and I know physically he’s like the right size and everything for a great Slade Wilson.”
Bennett continued to praise Manganiello, but also went on to express his interest in a potential Deathstroke spinoff series set within The CW’s Arrowverse — something the actor has been vocal about in the past.
“You know Joe, Joe’s going to do something wonderful on the big screen with him and so, maybe when that has figured itself out, because Warner Bros are behind them both, right now they just want to put it out there in the film world,” he said. “I’ve done my little run, I’ve had a good last episode so now Joe will go and do something on the big screen and maybe when there’s a bit of a window in between that they’ll say that Marc [Guggenheim] can write some more stuff, maybe even a TV series! Let’s just put that one out there.”
Now in theaters, Justice League stars Ben Affleck as Batman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Ezra Miller as The Flash, Ray Fisher as Cyborg, Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Willem Dafoe as Nuidis Vulko, Ciarán Hinds as Steppenwolf, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor and J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon.
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