Geoff Johns Confirms Joe Manganiello As Deathstroke In Ben Affleck's Solo BATMAN Movie

Geoff Johns Confirms Joe Manganiello As Deathstroke In Ben Affleck's Solo BATMAN Movie

Geoff Johns Confirms Joe Manganiello As Deathstroke In Ben Affleck's Solo BATMAN Movie

Geoff Johns has seemingly confirmed that Ben Affleck has cast Magic Mike star Joe Manganiello as the villainous Slade Wilson in the director's standalone Batman movie. More past the jump...

Ben Affleck recently revealed test footage from the set of Justice League featuring Batman and Titans villain Slade Wilson, a.k.a. Deathstroke. Now, new profile from Ben Fritz of the Wall Street Journal has seemingly confirmed that Joe Manganiello (Magic MikeTrue Blood) will play Slade in the Oscar-winner's upcoming directorial effort: the untitled Batman solo feature.

Some fans had previously pointed to Twitter activity of Manganiello and his wife Sofia Vergara (Modern Family) as evidence of this casting, and it seems that they have now been vindicated.

You probably know Manganiello from his role in Steven Soderbergh's Magic Mike franchise, True Blood, or perhaps Sam Raimi's Spider-Man, in which he played Flash Thompson. And you may recall that Manganiello was a runner-up for the role of Superman in Man of Steel.  Deathstroke is in many ways an anti-Batman, coupling physical prowess with brilliance as a strategist. It remains to be seen if other villains will feature in the Batman solo feature.

Manganiello acknowledged the news by retweeting Affleck's footage:




The profile itself focuses on the approach Geoff Johns and Jon Berg, the heads of Warner Bros. new DC Films division, are aiming to take with the pantheon of DC characters. They seem very aware of their missteps and dedicated to rectifying them moving forward. 


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