Joe Manganiello is the latest from the cast of Justice League to express support for the Release the Snyder Cut movement by releasing new images of him as Deathstroke. Warner Bros. and DC's ensemble film celebrated its second year anniversary over the weekend, and in light of it, proponents of the petition to release director Zack Snyder's version of the movie launched an extensive push for their cause. Prominent figures involved in the project have also spoken up in support of the ongoing campaign like cast members Ben Affleck and Gal Gadot.
Justice League's tumultuous production has been the talk of the town for the past couple of years now. From multiple script rewrites to studio-mandated two-hour runtime, the film went through a lot of hurdles, but nothing derailed it as much as the last-minute director switch between Snyder and Joss Whedon. The Release the Snyder Cut initiative demands that Warner Bros. roll out the original cut of the film with Junkie XL's (the initial composer before Danny Elfman stepped in) score. And Manganiello is among the highest profile celebrities to join the cause.
Taking it to his official Instagram account, Manganiello shared a string of images of him on-set while filming for his Justice League bit as Deathstroke. The snaps include him with and without the iconic mask, as well as an off-camera photo of him and Snyder, who directed the scene. In the caption, the actor simply wrote: #ReleasetheSnyderCut. Fans on the comment section, on the other hand, thanked him for lending support to the cause. Check out the images below:
Manganiello's Deathstroke only appeared during Justice League's post-credit scene where DCEU's Slade Wilson meets with Jesse Eisenberg's Lex Luthor. The idea implied by the sequence is that they're also building their own villain team to go up against the Justice League in light of World's Finest win against Steppenwolf. While an Injustice League movie was never officially announced, rumor had it that it was in the cards for Warner Bros. But as the studio veer away from Snyder's vision for the franchise and towards a different approach, the chances of this happening at this point is slim to none.
In any case, it's difficult to deny the calls for the Release of Justice League's Snyder Cut, and it seems like the campaign is only getting stronger by day with more celebrities joining the cause like Manganiello. According to reports, Warner Bros. has no plans of addressing this movement any time soon. However, if this continues and gets bigger, they might not have any choice but to at least speak up regarding the matter.
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