Joe Manganiello will play supervillain Deathstroke against Ben Affleck’s Batman
Manganiello’s upcoming assassin/villain role is confirmed by DC president and could lead to a number of potentially lucrative future spin-offs
The evolution of Joe Manganiello’s superhero film bad guy talents has come full circle with the announcement that the Spider-Man vet will be playing deadly assassin Slade Wilson/Deathstroke in future DC Comics-inspired films, notably in Ben Affleck’s first solo Batman film.
Before the heavyweight champ of superhero cinema that is Marvel Studios existed, Sony reigned supreme with its first Spider-Man film franchise.
In the first in 2002, Manganiello was the not so lovable bully Flash Thompson, pestering Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) until Parker was forced to give him a taste of his spider skills (although Flash was a little upset when Parker accidentally dumped his lunch on Thompson’s head due to his inexperience with his webbing at the time).
Only the most intriguing of villains get their own books in the comic book world. Deathstroke is that guy. And if Manganiello’s Deathstroke can avoid the end-of-film death that befalls so many cinematic Batman villains, this is a moment for DC and Warner Bros that is ripe with potential for expansion.