The Dark Knight might not face Deathstroke in the upcoming DC movie The Batman. Following the news that the film won’t start production until 2018, actor Joe Manganiello has stated that he is unsure if he will now appear in it.
In an interview for Pittsburgh Today Live, Manganiello was asked if he was still part of The Batman’s cast. Without giving much away, the actor threw up his hands in a resigned way and said: “Maybe. We’ll see.” (via Comicbookmovie)
Last week, Variety writer Justin Kroll, who first reported the movie’s delay, tweeted, “any casting rumors you hear are likely BS.” This certainly suggests that Manganiello’s involvement is not assured.
It has also been reported that the movie is undergoing an extensive rewrite, following the hiring of director Matt Reeves. Reeves replaced Ben Affleck, who was going to helm the movie as well as star. Affleck stepped down as director in January.
In addition, the character’s appearance in the upcoming Justice League was teased last year by director Zack Snyder.
Deathstroke first appeared in a 1980 issue of The New Teen Titans, and the armored mercenary has gone on to appear in a wide variety of DC comics over the years. He is associated with Batman and is a main adversary to the Green Arrow. On TV, he recently appeared in Season 2 of the CW show Arrow, played by Manu Bennett. He also featured prominently in last year’s Batman: Arkham Knight.