DC has officially cast the character of Deathstroke in the DC Extended Universe. DC Entertainment president and chief creative officer Geoff Johns just confirmed to The Wall Street Journal that Joe Manganiello will play the character in the eventual solo Batman movie.
The first rumblings of Deathstroke came in when Ben Affleck posted a video to his Twitter showing a very weaponized-looking unnamed figure walking slowly toward the camera. A few weeks later DC confirmed it was the world’s greatest assassin and one of the most feared people on the planet.”
In the comic books, Deathstroke has several run-in’s with Batman as the mercenary has been affiliated with adversaries like Lex Luthor and Talia al Ghul. When he isn’t working as a villain, he is known as Slade Wilson (no relation to Wade Wilson also known as Deadpool.)
The Batman solo movie doesn’t have a release date yet but we know that it is coming. In the meantime, check out the video Affleck posted below:
The DC Extended Universe (trying to be the MCU) has announced the premiere dates for two of their more highly anticipated films. Warner Bros. announced release dates for both Wonder Woman and Justice League: Part 1—Jun. 23 and Nov. 17 of next year, respectively.
The announcement came during DC’s television special on the CW. We saw the first look for Gal Gadot’s protrayal of Wonder Woman. The character will appear in Batman v Superman as well, but we’ll get to see her origin story next summer in the Patty Jenkins-directed film.
Man of Steel director Zack Snyder returns to direct Justice League, where we’ll see how the Dark Knight and the Man of Steel work together after they inevitably resolve (most of) their differences in their feature this year.
The decade(s) of comic book films is not even close to over as Marvel has been monopolizing the box office lately with their cinematic universe. But it looks like DC is getting back in the mix with a new “Justice League” movie.
According to Deadline, DC has plans for seven films including the “Justice League” film and the long-awaited “Wonder Woman” project. Although the official lineup is supposed to be announced at the San Diego Comic-Con, this is what is rumored at the moment.
- May 2016 – Batman v Superman
- July 2016 – Shazam
- Xmas 2016 – Sandman
- May 2017 – Justice League
- July 2017 – Wonder Woman
- Xmas 2017 – Flash and Green Lantern team-up
- May 2018 – Man Of Steel 2
“Like Marvel’s The Avengers, there will be cameos of superheroes for future installments,” Deadline’s Nikki Finke said. “The cameos will include the already known Cyborg and Flash. Green Lantern [NOT Ryan Reynolds, thank heavens] may be introduced. And Aquaman will be seen in the Justice League movie. Problem is, Warner Bros Pictures was still negotiating with the actors for those cameos and future roles, meaning major contracts for multiple JL/character films to follow. The studio didn’t want to move forward until they had more of this secure so they held off starting production for a few months. Seemingly simple reason, but the implications are pretty darn huge.”