We may not know when the
Deathstroke standalone Batman movie is coming out, as Ben Affleck has dropped out as director, and the script still needs doctoring. However Joe Manganiello, who plays Deathstroke in the film recently gabbed on the Dragon Talk podcast andrevealed he’s heavily into training for the role, studying the katana and more:
“I’m somebody that likes to start preparing way ahead of time. I have read almost all the comic books involving him, just to get the information out of them. Some of them are useful, some of them are not going to be useful. Because ultimately the script, that’s my text, I have to play that. I started katana training recently. Like live sword training and I started meeting with various martial arts teachers and discussing with them.
‘OK, so what are the most offensive styles of martial arts. Ones where you are not waiting for someone to attack you, but ones where you’re looking to make the attack. Then what are the most deadly ones? Where are the scrolls, the ancient Japanese scrolls that have these really deadly techniques that you don’t teach to the average student out the street? Something that only somebody who would go looking for it that are really really bad, you know, are dangerous. What are those? OK, so now what are the stances? What are like some really unorthodox stances that someone who learns say Ninjutsu would stand in? OK, so now what if that person lost an eye? If that person lost an eye how would they then alter the stance so that you would have better peripheral vision. What would that look like?’
What would that look like indeed. While Manganiello’s dedication is good news, our spirits are crushed by the lack of photos of Manganiello in training, sweat glistening off his taut abs as he swings the katana.
Seriously, after what we’ve been through the last few weeks, is that too much to ask? We have 1,408 photos of Ike Perlmutter and none of Joe Manganiello training to be Deathstroke?
Update: well there’s this….
But seriously, what up Joe? How DARE this man keep his shirt on?
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.