Warner Bros. has cast Joe Manganiello ("True Blood") as the classic DC Comics villain Deathstroke the Terminator in the upcoming solo Batman film, written by DC Entertainment President & Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns, and starring "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice's" Ben Affleck. Affleck also co-wrote the film, and is directing.
According to The Wall Street Journal, Manganiello was indeed the actor in the Deathstroke armor in the video that Affleck shared a couple weeks back boasting the fan-favorite mercenary. Johns confirmed Manganiello's casting in a recent interview with the outlet.
Here's the video Affleck shared from the film that features Deathstroke:
— Ben Affleck (@BenAffleck) August 29, 2016
Created by Marv Wolfman and George Perez for 1980's "New Teen Titans" #2, Deathstroke is best known as the ultimate antagonist for the teenage super-team, introduced in the seminal "Judas Contract" story arc. Due to his popularity in the series, Deathstroke has starred in several of his own comic series -- most recently, an ongoing series that launched as part of DC Comics' "Rebirth," penned by Christopher Priest and drawn by Carlo Pagulayan and Jason Paz.
In addition to starring on "True Blood," Manganiello appeared in "Magic Mike" and "Pee-wee's Big Holiday." Manganiello is no stranger to comic book adaptations -- he made his mark in film almost fifteen years ago as Flash Thompson in the first Sam Raimi "Spider-Man" film. Unfortunately, that version of the character never donned the Venom symbiote...
The "Batman" solo film hasn't been given a release date -- though some speculate it could hit theaters as soon as 2018. You can catch Affleck's Caped Crusader next in the Zack Snyder-directed "Justice League" when it hits theaters on November 17, 2017.