BATMAN Contender Joe Manganiello Wants To Star In The FIGHT CLUB Of Superhero Movies

BATMAN Contender Joe Manganiello Wants To Star In The FIGHT CLUB Of Superhero Movies

The True Blood actor narrowly missed out on playing Superman in Man Of Steel, and is now said to be one of the names on WB's radar to play the new Batman. One thing is for sure, he's definitely keen to play a superhero of some description..but only if he can bring something new to the genre.

Whether Joe Manganiello ends up donning the cape and cowl as Warner Bros. new Batman or not, it would seem that there is definitely a superhero movie in his future. The True Blood actor has spoken on a few occasions about missing out on playing Supes in Zack Snyder's Man Of Steel but he's yet to comment on the rumors of his possible involvement in its sequel -- and that'll continue for a while as he doesn't spill any details to MTV here either! He does, however, reveal that if and when he does play a comic book character he'd like it to be in something subversive and David Fincher's Fight Club. "I want to do something that's a real deconstruction of the genre," Manganiello tells MTV News. "There's so many superhero projects out there that it's almost like they're becoming normal, so I want to do one that just flips it on its head and makes it crazy. I want to make the 'Fight Club' of superhero movies." Click on the link below to watch the video over at MTV (US only).

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Viltrumite - 8/5/2013, 12:50 PM
Watchmen already came out a few years ago.
TheBeard - 8/5/2013, 12:58 PM
He's like 5 inches taller than Cavill's superman and physically more imposing, curious if that's going to help or hinder his chances to play Batman.
SonOfOdor - 8/5/2013, 1:00 PM
But what if he was the Punisher?
SuperDude001 - 8/5/2013, 1:06 PM
Nah definitely need an older Batman, but one that can still fight like a champ.
Although I do like this opinion he's got here, with so many Superhero films out these days it has got me thinking it's just Hollywood crap now and we really need something new and fresh. I mean Man Of Steel so far has been the closest film that's been released this year but still we really need some fresh takes on the genre.
P862010 - 8/5/2013, 1:09 PM
sorry joe what you describe is watchmen lol
MattMan - 8/5/2013, 1:12 PM
I know it's coming...but if one more fan says Jensen Ackles for a superhero role....Im going to punch a baby.
Knightrider - 8/5/2013, 1:12 PM
I think he would too much like Cavill, which I don't think would confuse audiences, but when they were to stand next to one another it could look very odd.

vtopa - 8/5/2013, 1:13 PM
There is only ONE ROLE for Manganiello:

ALegendaryPanda - 8/5/2013, 1:14 PM

Jensen Ackles for a superhero role...
TheRationalNerd - 8/5/2013, 1:15 PM
I've been saying this since "The Dark Knight Trilogy" ended Joe is Bats fo sho!! lol

TheRationalNerd - 8/5/2013, 1:16 PM
I'd also like to see him star in a Punisher film if not Batman!
TheRationalNerd - 8/5/2013, 1:16 PM
Totally off topic but does anyone know what time that X-Men: DoFP footage is set to be revealed!?
Optimus83 - 8/5/2013, 1:16 PM
Christian Bale is Batman!!!. ...Joe Manganiello is Punisher!!!
fettastic - 8/5/2013, 1:17 PM
I've never seen him act so i can't comment on that. I know Italian is supposed to count as white, but he's kinda dark skinned for the Bruce Wayne I've always seen.

Also, it doesn't sound like he has a firm grasp on the character.

I'm doubling down on Josh Brolin. He's never turned in a performance anything less than stellar, even on that stinker Jonah Hex. He was RIVETING in that.
NicolasCage1 - 8/5/2013, 1:17 PM
How about Jesen Ackles?

Nah... only messing with @broox
GodzillaKart - 8/5/2013, 1:18 PM
Can this guy act?
MisterNiceGuy - 8/5/2013, 1:18 PM
Hes a great choice. But looking at the rest of the cast from Immortals, I wouldnt be surprised if it was another actor from that movie. That stuff happens all the time, it is hollywood, its all about who you know.
MisterNiceGuy - 8/5/2013, 1:19 PM
We have all seen him act in Spiderman, its Flash Thompson guys
fettastic - 8/5/2013, 1:20 PM
Oh, he's in Immortals? I have that movie. I don't remember him being in it.
AsianVersionOfET - 8/5/2013, 1:20 PM
Hope he gets it
Ocelot - 8/5/2013, 1:20 PM
He does look a bit like Bale, so it could work, only ever seen this guy in the first Spiderman film when he was younger, dont know if he has any range though.
LEVITIKUZ - 8/5/2013, 1:21 PM
WB's has 3 choices:

Liam McIntrye for a younger Bat


Bring back Christian Bale for an older Bat


DarthMauve - 8/5/2013, 1:21 PM
The height issue is ridiculous point to bar him as a contender, they've been getting round this issue since cinema began. I'm sure they can cope.

Batman in the in the comics has always been a very physically imposing character and it's something thats always been missing for me in all of the Batman movies.

I'd hope Joe gets the gig. He seems a stand-up bloke and is one of us ie; a huge nerd. He more than certainly has the physicality for the role and it would be fantastic to finally see a genuine brick shithouse of a Batman.

Im just unsure of his acting talents, I've never seen him really pushed or stretched as a performer.

Anyone have anything positive to say about his acting chops?
fettastic - 8/5/2013, 1:21 PM
No I have not seen Gangster Squad because it got such shitty reviews. My baby mamma saw it and loved it, but that's because she wants Gosling's cock so her review can't be trusted. She also says Channing Tatum is a good actor, soooo.......
osideous - 8/5/2013, 1:22 PM
@godzillafart yeah he can act.

but it needs to Ian Somerhalder
MisterNiceGuy - 8/5/2013, 1:22 PM
@fett sorry I meant Cavill was in Immortals so its possible he refers an actor from there
TheRationalNerd - 8/5/2013, 1:22 PM
Josh Brolin for "The Last of Us" lol

xRelentlessx - 8/5/2013, 1:22 PM
He's got my vote!
frankjaeger - 8/5/2013, 1:23 PM
I think he could workout as Bats but still Liam is my choice.
TheWolverine08 - 8/5/2013, 1:23 PM
Let him do it! I think he can be a great Batman!
NicolasCage1 - 8/5/2013, 1:23 PM
I could kick this guy's ass with a toothpick and a BlueRay copy from National Treasure 2
osideous - 8/5/2013, 1:23 PM
or Michael Trevino
OttoManHandsome - 8/5/2013, 1:24 PM
NO! Joe Manganiello is Flash Thompson.
Ocelot - 8/5/2013, 1:25 PM

LOL they intentionally based Joel from the last of us on Josh Brolin. Ellie was also based on Ellen Page(she was pissed, they used her face)
LEVITIKUZ - 8/5/2013, 1:25 PM
I saw Gangster Squad. I liked it. I know that writer for it was writing a Justice League film. If Gangster Squad is an example of what he can do with team films, it's not great. The only characters that really matter or Gosling's and Brolin's, everyone elses are background characters.

Overall I would give it a 3/5.
kadetra - 8/5/2013, 1:25 PM
The new Batman whoever he is would have tough time beating bale performance.
frankjaeger - 8/5/2013, 1:26 PM
Yeah an older bats would be stupid of WB to do.
Nubase - 8/5/2013, 1:26 PM
zack will cast him in a role, zack promised him that when he lost out for MOS, l still don't think he would have beaten henry to the role but aquaman...possible, he should not give up
JediPhilosopher - 8/5/2013, 1:29 PM
He looks right for Batman in my opinion. I don't understand why Batman would have to be older.
TheRationalNerd - 8/5/2013, 1:29 PM
IndianaJones - 8/5/2013, 1:23 PM
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All of this older Batman crap pisses me off. We want a series of DC movies, and a few years in "old" Batman is gonna need a wheelchair. Cast a young Batman so we can have a stable Batman franchise. WB has a great starter for the DCCU with MoS. Now they want to crap on it...

HIGHLY AGREEED MY BROTHA!!!!!! We need a younger Batman. Even though Joe isn't like 25-30 he still looks as if he can hold a total number of 3-4 Batman films. And even when he ages he'll still be huge! The dudes 6'5 Superman can hover to make himself look taller if that's what people will complain about. The younger the actor the more films you get (with the exception of Daniel Craig) lol

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