Written By: Nick Poulimenakos
When Warner Bros. announced a standalone Batman film set in the DC Extended Universe, one of the first big additions to the film was Joe Manganiello signing on to play the main antagonist, Deathstroke. However, when Ben Affleck stepped down as director and brought Matt Reeves in to helm the project, fans began to speculate as to whether Deathstroke was still in the film or not. It has already been reported that Matt Reeves opted to write a new script instead of using the one written by Affleck and Geoff Johns and this only added fuel to the fire.
Recently, Manganiello did an interview with The Hollywood Reporter where they discussed the future of Deathstroke in The Batman and his words are… well pretty mysterious. When asked about if he knew Deathstroke’s future, the actor had this to say:
“I don’t. Well, I do but nothing that I can share. I know everything but I can’t say any of it.” When asked whether that was said in a happy or downtrodden way, the actor replied, “I’m shooting for a neutral tone.”
The interviewer then tried to dig a little deeper and asked when fans would find out about Deathstroke’s future in Gotham City.
“It’s not up to me. That’s a good question for Warner Bros. and DC.”
Frankly these words could mean anything. The actor said that he was shooting for a neutral tone and that the does know what’s happening with Deathstroke but studio secrecy forbids him from letting the cat out of the bag. He didn’t sound dejected or optimistic, just that he knows what’s going on and when the studio is ready, fans will know what exactly Matt Reeves wants to do with Slade Wilson himself.
Deathstroke has been a personal favourite of mine ever since I began reading comics. So I’m hoping Reeves and Affleck find a way to keep him in the film. But it sounds like its all in the studio’s hands for now and we’ll just have to wait and see what they decide to do with DC’s resident Terminator.
You can catch Ben Affleck in Justice League, in theatres everywhere November 16, 2017.