Joe Manganiello says he has let go of the role of Slade Wilson, also known as Deathstroke and that he doesn’t think he’ll play the character in the DC Extended Universe again.
Joe Manganiello says he’s done with Deathstroke
Speaking to ComingSoon during an interview while promoting his animated movie The Spine of Night, Joe Manganiello was asked if he would reprise his role as Deathstroke in the DCEU after playing the iconic villain in Zack Snyder’s Justice League, Manganiello said “no, I let that go a while ago”.
Manganiello made his DCEU debut as Deathstroke in the theatrical cut of Justice League with his character capturing the audience’s attention as he later got attached to play an antagonist for The Batman when Ben Affleck was still set to play the titular character. Deathstroke was also set to have his own solo movie to be directed by Gareth Evans.
However, after Justice League went in a different direction from Warner Bros. and DC Films, his character became darker. But his appearance on the Snyder cut of Justice League as well as Manganiello’s earlier statements, the studio held discussions about several projects that included Deathstroke and Zack Snyder. Fans were resultantly optimistic about his return.
But Joe Manganiello has since shut those rumors down and confirmed that he won’t be playing Deathstroke anymore.
Wilson Slade, aka Deathstroke, is one of the most iconic villains in DC Comics and is the primary antagonist and villain to Green Arrow, Batman, and even the Justice League. He is the arch-nemesis of the Teen Titans, especially Dick Grayson’s Nightwing.
The iconic villain has made appearances in popular TV shows such as CW’s Arrow, as portrayed by Manu Bennett; as well as the HBO Max TV Series Titans, where he was portrayed by Esai Morales.
Deathstroke also made his debut in the DCEU with an appearance in the post-credits scene of the theatrical cut of Justice League.