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Not Even Joe Manganiello Can Say If He’s Still Playing Deathstroke in ‘The Batman’

Tim P. Whitby, Getty Images / DC Comics
Tim P. Whitby, Getty Images / DC Comics

With Warner Bros. The Batman in a constant state of flux, everything seems up in the air. The movie had been shedding directors like a white cat on a black couch — Ben Affleck exited the director’s chair a while back, and recently it’s looked as if he might not return to the role of Bruce Wayne after Justice League wraps. He assured everyone at Comic Con that he has every intention of staying, but who really knows? Matt Reeves seems secure in his role as director, for now, but it also looks like Joe Manganiello’s Deathstroke might be in question.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, in which he gushed about how much he loves playing Dungeons and Dragons, he was asked whether he knows if he’s still got the part. Long story short, he can’t.

I don’t. Well, I do but nothing that I can share. I know everything but I can’t say any of it.

The interviewer asked him if he was saying that in a positive way, to which Manganiello replied,

[Pause.] I’m shooting for a neutral tone.

He made it clear that he was not the person to ask (despite the fact that it’s his role that’s in question).

It’s not up to me. That’s a good question for Warner Bros. and D.C.

All in all, though, this is still pretty par for the course when it comes to asking actors anything about upcoming superhero movies. Both Marvel and DC are very secretive about their films, so we likely won’t know anything plot-wise or casting-wise about The Batman until Warner Bros. wants us to.

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