This article contains SPOILERS for Justice League.
Marv Wolfman has praised Joe Manganiello’s brief appearance as Deathstroke in Justice League‘s post-credits scene. The actor has been linked to the DC Comics supervillain for quite some time. Ben Affleck (Batman) originally teased the character’s inclusion in Warner Bros.’ unofficially titled DC Extended Universe by posting a video of the Batman villain on the Justice League set in summer 2016. A few months later, it was confirmed that Manganiello would be playing Deathstroke in Zack Snyder’s superhero team-up film before appearing in The Batman.
Although Deathstroke wasn’t included in the final cut of Justice League, he did make a short appearance in the film’s post-credits scene alongside Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor, who somehow managed to break out of what was presumably Arkham Asylum. The vast majority of DC fans expected the scene to set up Darkseid, Steppenwolf’s nephew and the leader of Apokolips, but Luthor’s offer to Deathstroke to create their own league in order to combat the newly-formed Justice League seems to indicate that the studio plans on having the superhero team go up against the Injustice League in Justice League 2.
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At one point in the Justice League post-credits scene, Deathstroke removes his mask and reveals Joe Manganiello in the suit. His shock white hair and black eye-patch, as well as the character’s impressive costume design, makes Manganiello’s portrayal look almost identical to the New 52 iteration of the character – and that impressed Deathstroke creator Marv Wolfman, who expressed his excitement on Twitter this morning. You can read his tweet below.
Absolutely proud. Can't wait to see more. Go Joe!— Marv Wolfman (@marvwolfman) November 20, 2017
Wolfman met with Manganiello earlier this year, and at the time he expressed confidence in Warner Bros.’ decision to cast the actor as Deathstroke in the character’s first live-action movie adaptation. Unfortunately, as Justice League was being streamlined and The Batman retooled under the direction of Matt Reeves, who revealed that he would be tossing out Affleck and Geoff Johns’ script, Deathstroke’s appearance in either film became questionable. However, it seems the studio managed to work him into the film in the end (literally).
At the moment, it’s still unknown if Manganiello will still be appearing in Reeves’ The Batman, but Warner Bros. doesn’t plan on letting go of the character anytime soon. The studio is working on a Deathstroke solo movie with The Raid director Gareth Evans helming the project. The director reportedly met with Warner Bros. about directing Justice League Dark, but they were impressed with his pitch for Deathstroke that they decided to add the film to their already extensive list of DC films.
Source: Marv Wolfman
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