Just a few weeks ago, Ben Affleck took to social media to confirm to the world that his standalone Batman movie, titled The Batman, will see the Dark Knight face off against a villain we’ve only seen in the DC television realms – Deathstroke. Following this, we got confirmation that one of the popular fan choices, Joe Manganiello, had signed on to portray Slade Wilson and so we have ourselves an enticing grudge match in the near future.
While Affleck is currently busy with other projects, Manganiello took the time to talk about the upcoming role and working with the man himself on such a hugely anticipated return to Gotham City.
When I met Ben we sat down and we talked about, you know, the role. We talked about the movie. His take is a fresh take but I think the audience is going to be surprised. Because it’s a road that no one’s really gone down that’s completely integral to, you know, who Batman is. And I think it’s gonna be refreshing but at the same time completely familiar. But it’s going to take this franchise in a direction that I think a lot of people are going to be really happy about. It’s going to be gritty and action packed and cerebral and all of those elements that people love about Batman.
He then went on to shower Affleck with praise in terms of his directorial prowess, something that we find it hard to deny.
Ben’s a great director, man. I mean the last movie that man directed won best picture. He’s got an Oscar for writing. Like, this is all the components to go down as a… everything is lined up for a really really really great movie. Not only a superhero movie but just a great great movie
Are you excited for Deathstroke versus Batman when The Batman finally arrives?