DC’s Entertainment president and chief creative officer Geoff Johns has confirmed the casting rumor that Joe Manganiello is Deathstroke for the upcoming Batman solo venture, according to The Wall Street Journal .
This will be the first time Batman and Deathstroke (Slade Wilson) are on the big screen together. Other villains are rumored to be in the film as well, including Jared Leto’s Joker.
Manganiello is most famous for his roles in True Blood and Magic Mike.
Johns and Ben Affleck are writing the script for the new Batman movie, which will be directed by Affleck.
Few others details are known about the project at this time, but stick with us for all the latest updates.
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Deathstroke (Slade Joseph Wilson) was created by Marv Wolfman and George Perez. He is a mercenary and assassin who first appeared in The New Teen Titans (vol. 1) #2 (1980).
Originally the archenemy of the Teen Titans, writers have developed him over the years as an adversary of other heroes in the DC Universe. Parallels have been established between him and Batman, and he has a deep-seated grudge against Green Arrow. The character has been substantially adapted from the comics into multiple forms of media, including several Batman-related projects and the Teen Titans animated series. Slade Wilson/Deathstroke later appeared on The CW’s live-action TV series Arrow, where he is portrayed by Manu Bennett.