Last week, Ben Affleck created a flurry online when he released an unprompted and unexplained video of someone in a Deathstroke costume on the set of Justice League. Now, The Wall Street Journal has confirmed in an interview with Geoff Johns that the man behind the mask is none other than Joe Manganiello and (confirming an earlier report) that he will be the villain of the upcoming solo Batman movie.
Johns wouldn’t comment on whether Deathstroke will appear in Justice League, though the short clip of the character was seen filming on one of the sets for the film.
Created by Marv Wolfman and George Pérez, Deathstroke is a famous mercenary in the world of DC Comics who has gone toe-to-toe with the Dark Knight on multiple occasions and actually beaten him in hand-to-hand combat more than once.
Affleck is slated to direct the film and has co-written the script alongside Johns. No official release date has been announced for the project, though Affleck previously said he wouldn’t begin production until the script was completed. Warner Bros. previously set release dates for two untitled DC projects on October 5, 2018 and November 1, 2019, meaning the film could take one of those dates.
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