There might be a few negative voices speaking out ahead of Ben Affleck’s upcoming Batman film project. But don’t expect to hear it from Affleck’s big bad, Deathstroke himself Joe Manganiello.
The actor, who many fans would likely most recognize him from his recurring role on HBO’s True Blood, reminded critics that Affleck is not just an actor who is dawning the bat ears and bat cape. He’s also an Oscar-winning writer, and a celebrated director who’s had his work recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as well.
Manganiello appeared on a podcast recently to talk about his Batman film. And, at least according to Comic Book Movie, he’s got nothing but nice things to say about the project.
“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 going to be refreshing, but at the same time, completely familiar.
“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.”
Affleck will not only star in The Batman, but he’s slated to write and direct it, too. He’s definitely no slouch when it comes to that department.
He’s won Oscars the two times he’s been nominated, beginning in 1998 when he and co-writer (and fellow actor) Matt Damon won the original screenplay Oscar for Good Will Hunting. Then, 15 years later, the film he directed, Argo won Best Picture.
Affleck’s take on Batman follows Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, which premiered earlier this year, and earned $868.2 million globally. This would be the first solo Batman film since director Christopher Nolan finished his trilogy in 2012 with The Dark Knight Rises. That film earned $1.1 billion worldwide.
Manganiello will play Deathstroke, a “supervillain” introduced in DC Comics in 1980. Manganiello will not only portray a character with the strength of 10 men, but he’ll also feature one with the intellect of an entire room of geniuses.
This would be the fourth time Deathstroke has appeared in a live-action DC production. He first showed up the 1990s drama Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman played by Antonio Sabato Jr. He would later show up in the 10th season of Smallville, played by Battlestar Galactica alum Michael Hogan.
Most recently he popped into The CW’s Arrow, played by Manu Bennett.
Besides True Blood, where he played werewolf Alcide Herveaux, Manganiello also had a recurring role in the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother, and has played Big Dick Richie in Magic Mike and Magic Mike XXL.
The Batman is still in pre-production, with no release schedule announced.
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