When Ben Affleck stepped down from directing The Batman and Matt Reeves took over the director’s chair, a lot of us were wondering if Reeves was still going to use the script penned by Affleck and Geoff Johns for the film. Well, thanks to comments Reeves made on MTV’s podcast Happy Sad Confused, we now know what the answer to that question is — he’s not.
Reeves apparently wanted to start fresh, and who can blame him. There’s only so much creative freedom in directing one of these shared universe films, and you need to grab it where you can. The director describes the new story for The Batman as a noir tale diving into the Dark Knight’s psychology.
In Affleck and Johns’s script, Deathstroke was the villain (with Joe Manganiello cast to play the part). There is no word as to whether or not Reeves’s new direction will use the character or the casting though. As Manganiello is a talented actor, it’d be disappointing to lose him.
I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.
Current movie Batman Ben Affleck recently tweeted out a short video revealing what is easily assumed to be the DCEU version of Deathstroke. While we don’t know if this is a shot from the forthcoming Justice League film or a costume test for the currently untitled Batman solo film Affleck will direct, it was clear the Deathstroke is coming to the big screen.
And now we know who will play him.
According to The Wall Street Journal, DC Creative Officer Geoff Johns has confirmed that Joe Manganiello will be suiting up as Slade Wilson in Affleck’s Batman film.
Johns wouldn’t confirm whether or not Deathstroke would show up in Justice League, but even if he does — it would just be a cameo. We wouldn’t get a chance to really spend time with the character until the Batman film anyway.
Via The Wall Street Journal
So, about an hour ago, Ben Affleck posted the following short video of an actor dressed like the DC comics character Deathstroke to his twitter:
Now Affleck is currently filming Justice League, where he continues to appear as Batman/Bruce Wayne, so the obvious implication is that the character of Deathstroke will show up in the movie. On the other hand, this could just be a costume test for the untitled Batman film Affleck is helming down the road. On the other other hand, maybe Ben Affleck is just messing with us.
Personally, my money is on “Montage of Batman fighting villains” in the beginning of the Justice League film, but that’s just a guess. Either way, it looks pretty cool.