Joe Manganiello to play Deathstroke in upcoming Batman film

According to none other than DC Comics president/CCO and DC Extended Universe overlord Geoff Johns, Joe Manganiello will indeed be playing the mercenary/assassin Deathstroke in Warner Bros.' upcoming film slate.

Last week, Ben Affleck rocked the internet to its very core when he shared a brief video of Deathstroke on the set of Justice League.

He declined to comment on whether Deathstroke has a cameo in the new Justice League film.

It's looking like Manganiello will be antagonizing Ben Affleck's Batman in the writer/director/star's solo adventure that's looking to hit screens as early as 2018.

No details have slipped out about just how large a role Deathstroke will play in the stand-alone Bat-adventure, but the speculation near and far is that he could be the film's main villain.

Now we have confirmation from an official source, as well as the identity of the man behind the mask: True Blood and Magic Mike actor Joe Manganiello. Created in 1980 by Marv Wolfman and George Pérez, a history of his villainous deeds can be found right here.

Deathstroke recently served as a featured villain in the Arrow television series across several seasons, with Spartacus actor Manu Bennett portraying him.

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