There was a time when Ben Affleck wanted to helm his own Batman movie and unknowing to many, Joe Manganiello (Deathstroke) was supposed to be a major part of the storyline. The actor was so committed to the role that he actually began researching more on the character and penned down a backstory that spanned across more than a dozen pages.
While appearing on ID10T podcast last week, Manganiello revealed that his writing actually formed the basis for the upcoming standalone Deathstroke movie.
This was nearly six months before he was contacted by director Gareth Evans for an origins adaptation. The opportunity simply presented itself and when Manganiello handed over his written backstory, the project suddenly went into high gear.
“I spent six months prior to all of those phone calls writing a backstory that was turned into sixteen pages which got turned into a treatment which then led to my Skype call with Gareth,” Manganiello said.
Deathstroke was last seen in a post-credits sequence for Justice League (2017) that teased the creation of a “league of supervillains” under the guidance of Lex Luthor. This was not the first time that the character appeared on-screen, having rose to prominence in the television series Arrow where he was played by Manu Bennett.
The character, for those unaware, is a mercenary and assassin that was genetically engineered to surpass all human limits. He possess superhuman strength, speed, and agility; and is an expert hand-to-hand combatant as well as master swordsman. Deathstroke has often found himself as an adversary to Batman and the Teen Titans. That being said, he has also crossed paths with other superheroes as well.
The standalone debut of Deathstroke was announced last year and Mangianello recently assured that “there are things in the works” for the project.