It’s been less than a year since Joe Manganiello was announced as Deathstroke in The Batman, but a lot — a lot — has changed in that relatively brief time: Ben Affleck was succeeded as director by Matt Reeves, a new screenwriter reportedly was brought on board, and the production start moved from spring 2017 to sometime next year.
While Reeves (War for the Planet of the Apes) has spoken repeatedly about his vision for The Batman, and Affleck used Comic-Con International as an opportunity to reaffirm his involvement, there are still plenty of questions surrounding the film — not the least of which is whether Manganiello’s mercenary is still the primary (or seven secondary) antagonist. The True Blood actor expressed doubts about that as far back as March, and it appears he’s no more able to confirm Deathstroke’s presence now.
Asked by The Hollywood Reporter whether he has any additional information about Deathstroke’s status, Manganiello replied, “I don’t. Well, I do but nothing that I can share. I know everything but I can’t say any of it.”
Pressed as to whether anything should be interpreted from his tone, the actor said, “I’m shooting for a neutral tone.” “It’s not up to me,” he added. “That’s a good question for Warner Bros. and DC.”
Reeves has revealed plans for a “nor-driven” film that could begin a new Batman trilogy, but (unsurprisingly) hasn’t mentioned any potential villains. However, actor Josh Gad has dropped plenty of hints that he’d be interested in playing The Penguin.
Targeting a 2019 release date, The Batman stars Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne, Alfred Pennyworth, J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon and, possibly, Joe Manganiello as Deathstroke.
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