Joe Manganiello Up For Deathstroke For SUICIDE SQUAD

True Blood actor Joe Manganiello has been rumored for a number of roles in a comic book movie, including Batman before Ben Affleck was cast as the The Dark Knight. Now according to Cinema Blend's sources, Joe Manganiello is close to signing on as Slade Wilson a.k.a Deathstroke in David Ayer's Suicide Squad. Their source also adds that Jason Clarke (Dawn of The Planet of The Apes) is the second choice for the role, but Manganiello is said to be close to a done deal. Cinema Blend also says we should expect confirmation on this casting very soon.

Latino-Review's El Mayimbe promised three big Suicide Squad-related scoops this week and now he's delivered the second with a ton of new Deathstroke details.

According to him, instead of being a full-on supervillain with powers, Deathstroke will be a hired assassin working for Onslaught. He's said to be the breakout character and his introductory scene is described as absolutely "insane." Also, Deathstroke will come face-to-face with the Suicide Squad early on and basically take down the entire team single-handedly.

Deathstroke's costume is said to be very stealth-oriented and uses an actual U.S. military tactical outfit for the basis. Like his comic-counterpart, his weapons of choice will be a sword and several automatics. The iconic orange/black mask is there, but early concept art does reveal that he will have two eyes, at least initially.

As for casting, since the role is expected to be the breakout character, the studio has been particularly choosy. Following up on last night's vague casting details, Mayimbe adds a little more: Jason Clarke (Terminator: Genisys) is out as he has a scheduling conflict and Joel Kinnaman (RoboCop) initially tested for the role, but landed Rick Flagg instead. Until very recently, Joe Manganiello (Spider-Man) also had a scheduling conflict, but according to the report, he may have just dropped out of the upcoming horror-comedy anthology television series Scream Queens, freeing him up for Suicide Squad. Official casting news should be imminent, but as of right now, it seems like Deathstroke is Manganiello's role to lose

Directed by David Ayer, Suicide Squad stars Will Smith (Deadshot), Joel Kinnaman (Rick Flagg), Jared Leto (the Joker), Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn), Jai Courtney (Boomerang), with Cara Delevingne (Enchantress), and Jessie Eisenberg (Lex Luthor). The film opens August 5, 2016

Source: CinemaBlend / ElMayimbe

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