Joe Manganiello Officially Confirmed to Play Deathstroke

Posted 2016/09/09 4351 0

After Ben Affleck released some test shots of the villain Deathstroke late last month, we finally know who will be playing him!


Big, ambitious superhero movies have a tendency to inspire fan rumors and speculation, much of which turns out to be untrue. Last week, Ben Affleck posted a video of the suited-and-booted character who is to be his main antagonist in the new standalone Batman movie. It turns out that wasn’t a fake-out: EW can confirm that Magic Mike star Joe Manganiello has been cast to play Deathstroke in Affleck’s upcoming solo Batman movie, though it’s unclear whether Manganiello’s Deathstroke will be the film’s only villain or if Jared Leto’s Joker will pop up as well.

Manganiello is best known to moviegoers as Big Dick Richie from the two "Magic Mike" films and to TV viewers as werewolf Alcide from HBO's "True Blood." He is so far the only other confirmed cast member of the untitled movie, set to be co-written and directed by Affleck.

Created by Marv Wolfman and George Perez, Deathstroke, also known as Slade, first appeared in a comic in 1980 before meeting (and destroying) Batman in 1991 as part of the “City of Assassins” storyline. 

Rumours of his appearance in the upcoming film began circulating after Arrow creator Marc Guggenheim explained that the character would not be returning to the TV series because he is “currently tied up in another DC project."

DC Entertainment president and chief creative officer Geoff Johns confirmed the casting in his first interview discussing his new role overseeing Warner Bros.’ movies based on DC Comics characters.

He declined to comment on whether Deathstroke has a cameo in “Justice League,” which is currently shooting in London.

Johns also declined to say when the Batman movie will be released, although the earliest it could likely hit theaters is 2018.

Johns and Affleck are writing the script for the new Batman movie, which will be directed by Affleck.

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