Joe Manganiello Says He Knows Everything That’s Happening With Deathstroke


Joe Manganiello who plays Deathstroke in the DC Extended Universe, first appearing in the end credit scene of Justice League, who was also set to appear in Ben Affleck’s solo Batman movie, when Attack was onboard to helm the movie, recently spoke on the ID10T Podcast regarding his role.

In the interview Manganiello goes on to talk on his meeting with Affleck on his character appearing in The Batman, though if reports are meant to believed, Manganiello will no longer be appearing in the movie now that director Matt Reeves has taken over the rein as director.

Joe (1h7m): When I met with Ben Affleck about Batman the meeting we were having was for Deathstroke. This is a real opportunity to figure out who this guy is on the inside. Like what he’s battling with. The best quote unquote- I hate calling them this but you know calling them a villain is understanding where they’re coming from.

There are villains who are the people who are opposing them but from the inside this is a person who is struggling with all types of things. I think it’s really interesting to tell that kind of a story and tell the truth emotionally of a story like that when you’re talking about a man who lost an eye, was betrayed, lost a son. These different types of aspects.

Then you couple that with real world military training. Then I started training at like a Ninjutsu dojo and started learning sword fighting. Started learning and understanding where those techniques come from. All the sudden this thing starts writing itself.

What I love doing is in an instance like that I’m able to, at the ground level, I’m able to go back and pitch all of my work. So I’m pitching them: “This is where I think he comes from. This is where I think he’s going. This is the military background. These are some articles that I pulled for you. I also interviewed these people over here.”

The Ninjustu school- there are scrolls that are written that have these ancient techniques that are not shared with students that are locked away because somebody is going to go into a bar and rip someones head off using one of these techniques. What are those techniques? Where are they? Could there theoretically be somebody that would go around and learn these insanely offensive techniques and become this incredible killer?

I’m rooting it in the world. I’m rooting it in something honest so it feels real. Then we’re talking about the emotional content.

Somewhere along that way I know that it was announced where the studio.. there was talks with Gareth Evans and talks about an origin movie. I’m not giving news. 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.

I get to play in that sandbox now. As an adult I get to go back to what I did as a kid with tabletop role playing games before I knew that was a job. There was something in me that was attracted to that type of gaming. That type of world building. That type of storytelling. That type of character development before I knew I could do this for a living. Now that I’m an adult and I’m in the position that I’m in It’s like all I want to do is go find that next sandbox to play in and dig something out.

Manganiello even goes on to confirm that he knows everything regarding his role in the DCEU, he just can’t say anything about it.

Joe (1h34m): Every time I’ve always said “Hey, man I don’t know what’s happening next.” what they print is: “Poor Joe left out in the cold clueless.” I know everything. I’ve known everything. I know what’s going on. I just can’t say anything.

To listen to the full interview head over to and listen to the ID10T Podcast.


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