Joe Manganiello has come so very close to finding his way into a starring role in a DC franchise film. Back in the casting stages of Man of Steel, Zack Snyder had considered the, at the time, True Blood star for the role of Superman. They went with longtime WB favorite Henry Cavill instead. Then during the days of trying to figure out who could possibly replace Christian Bale as the new Batman, Manganiello was rumored to be on the short-list of actors the studio was considering until Ben Affleck came along and surprised everyone on the fateful August night in 2013.
And then finally, the closest he’s ever come! When Affleck tweeted out the below video, of Manganiello in the Deathstroke suit:
— Ben Affleck (@BenAffleck) August 29, 2016
From reports that followed, DC’s master assassin was lined up to be the antagonist for the then Affleck-directed Batman solo film. And as fate would have it, Affleck stepped away from directorial duties on the project, to be replaced by Matt Reeves, who would in turn be writing his own script. This again left Manganiello in limbo.
This afternoon come reports of a possible reprieve! As The Wrap has uncovered details of WB’s in-development Deathstroke solo movie, which will finally give Magic Mike’s hunkiest stripper the comic book role he’s been looking for nearly the entirety of the 2010’s!
Even more exciting, their report states that WB is in early talks with Gareth Evans, the filmmaker behind the non-stop action The Raid franchise. Evans is slated to write and direct this solo vehicle from a pitch he gave to the studio after passing on Justice League Dark.
If it’s anything like the current comic written by Christopher Priest, sign me up right now. That’s the best ongoing series DC has, for my money.
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