While fans are eagerly awaiting some official news when it comes to Ben Affleck’s upcoming Batman movie unofficially titled, The Batman, Joe Manganiello – who recently landed the role as the deadly assassin Slade Wilson/Deathstroke in the DCEU – has been pretty open when it comes to the project. He revealed last month that the film was set to go into production this spring, and now during his interview on the sports radio show Mark Madden, Super Genius, the actor revealed a few new extra details about Batman’s first DCEU solo outing.
“When I met Ben we sat down, and we talked about, you know, the role. We talked about the movie. His take is a fresh take, but I think the audience is going to be surprised. Because it’s a road that no one’s really gone down, that’s completely integral to who Batman is. And I think it’s going to be refreshing but at the same time completely familiar. But it’s going to take this franchise in a direction that I think a lot of people are going to be really happy about.”
“It’s going to be gritty and action packed and cerebral and all of those elements that people love about Batman. Ben’s a great director, man. I mean the last movie that man directed won Best Picture. He’s got an Oscar for writing. Like, this is all the components to go down as a… everything is lined up for a really really really great movie. Not only a superhero movie but just a great, great movie. Which is why, you know, I told him in the room man, when I met him. ‘I should be so lucky, I’d be in great hands to work with you, I love your movies, let’s do this.'”
Manganiello’s comments will hopefully quell some of the concerns that fans had when a certain report came out last week claiming that The Batman script was a mess and that WB didn’t care. There’s a reason why Affleck hasn’t said much about the film; he and Geoff Johns – one of the most brilliant minds at DC Comics – are hard at work on the movie. Rest assured, everyone, Batman is in great hands.