Joe Manganiello will play Deathstroke in solo Batman movie

Following much speculative hype last week – set off by a cryptic social media post from Ben Affleck – The Wall Street Journal has confirmed that DC villain Deathstroke will be in Affleck’s solo Batman film and that the character will be played by Joe Manganiello.

DC Entertainment president and chief creative officer Geoff Johns confirmed the casting, though he didn’t comment on whether Deathstroke will have a cameo in the upcoming “Justice League”.

For true DCU fans, Manganiello’s casting as Deathstroke may not have come as a huge surprise – last year there was talk that the “Magic Mike” actor was attached to play the villain in this year’s “Suicide Squad”.

Affleck is starring in, directing and co-writing the standalone “Batman” film. The movie remains without an official release date.

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