Joe Manganiello Talks Deathstroke, Joining The DCEU, And The Media's View

Joe Manganiello is all set to appear in the DC Films' Universe as the mercenary Deathstroke in the now Matt Reeves-directed The Batman film. While the reshuffle of directors of Ben Affleck stepping down from the position before Reeves took the helming position it looks like we will see Deathstroke appear despite potential and likely script rewrites.

Manganiello was recently interviewed by Chef Irvine and was asked whether or not he has started training for playing Deathstroke in The Batman. "I’ve started," Manganiello said. "My trainer and I have started putting together some workouts that are specific to the character and how I want the character to move. It’s an incredibly athletic role so all of the training is very functional. I’ve also started Kung fu and chi gung training, and I’ve also started working with katanas."

Following up with, "I’m gonna be ready[using katanas]."

The conversation moved along to Manganiello joining this comic-book universe albeit being not the desired critical hit. "As far as what other people think, I can’t comment, I’m just me," the actor said. "I’m very excited for this role. I’m very excited to be working with the people I’m going to be working with. I’ve known Jon Berg (producer) prior to joining the DCEU. I met everyone, Zack Snyder included, when Man of Steel came out. I’ve known them all for years and I’m very excited to work with everyone. Ben Affleck makes great films and he’s a great Batman. Geoff Johns certainly is a really fun guy to hang around with and has a great grasp on this steering wheel that is the Titanic of the DCEU. Knowing what they have planned for the future, I think fans are really gonna love. There were a lot of superhero and supervillain roles that came my way and my gut said those were not the right fit for me. This one was perfect. This was exactly what I was looking for."

He was then asked about making the character his own given that it will be the first big-screen live action take on it. "Yeah, I guess there was a TV show but I haven’t seen it," Manganiello explained. "I won’t watch it. This is my character, an exciting one, and has the capacity I think, to be a great villain. And what all the great ones can do is polarize an audience. When I was a kid I always rooted for the villain. As a kid I think I would have rooted for him and I think fans will."

Previously the actor stated that production was set to begin sometime in the near future, but some reports conflicted that statement. "Last year, I said May and that was my understanding," he said. "It depends. They have big plans for this movie. Whether or not we start exactly on that date or in June, whatever it is, it doesn’t matter. Here’s the thing: The creative process needs to be respected and no one involved in this film wants to make anything less than an unbelievable film, a legendary film. The movie will start shooting whenever those pieces are in place and we know this is gonna be something that we’re proud of. What we’re not gonna do is be backed into a start date, scrambling to get something off the ground just to get it off the ground. Everyone involved wants to make this the best film possible, so that’s really what it’s about. It’s funny how the media likes to run with, “Oh there’s trouble!” “Oh, the script needs to be revised!” They’re drama queens. There’s a creative process, and everyone on the cast and crew wants to make this the best movie possible. So that’s what we’re gonna do. When we start shooting it, we’ll start shooting it. It will be soon, I can say that. Here’s the thing: No one wants to create that superhero movie that’s polarizing to fans and critics. Rest assured, we’re gonna do this thing right."

The film will be directed by Matt Reeves, will star Affleck as the Caped Crusader, Affleck and Geoff Johns - co-head of DC Films - wrote a script together that has reportedly gone through some edits from Chris Terrio. It has no release date set from the studio.

Source: Chef Irvine


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