We already know the major issues going on with The Batman, as both Ben Affleck has dropped out from directing the film and it is even possible that the Argo screen writer (or someone new for all we know) Chris Terrio may do a full rewrite. This could mean that we may not even get my beloved Deathstroke at all, or even worse — we may get The Joker. Well at least as of now, Joe Manganiello (Deathstroke) is getting prepared in a huge way.
It seems that Manganiello is a gigantic nerd, like many of us here at LRM, has read almost every Deathstroke comic ever printed, and also loves D&D. I, for one, sure hope that his reading includes Identity Crisis which shows just how much of badass Deathstroke can be. In addition, he should also be reading the Rebirth version, as it makes Slade Wilson (Deatstroke) more “human,” and it is one of the top 2 or 3 books out right now — period. Here is what Manganiello had to say in an interview with Dragon Talk when asked about his own personal D&D characters he created and how they could relate to Deathstroke:
“I mean, you know, the character of Deathstroke is very specific. The building of that character is very similar [to creating a D&D character]. Looking at someone as evil or a villain is really not accurate.
“I mean you can look at a character like Batman. For example Batman had this tragedy, this personal tragedy, he lost these loved ones and swore this would never happen to anyone else again. He became this vigilante with very questionable tactics at times.
“On the converse if you read the comic books Deathstroke is a character that’s not dissimilar to that origin story. He lost a loved one and rather than swearing it would never happen again there was like a bit of numbness. His change was that he became this assassin for hire and wound up being fine with just murdering everyone in sight for the right price.
“Yeah. So, you know, in my mind you could say Deathstroke‘s a villain. There’s definitely a way to look at him that way. But there’s a way to look at him as an anti-hero. Or just someone who’s figuring things out in his own way. Or trying to work something out over the course of this 2 hour movie.
He goes on to say, “Then on the other side of it, like I said, I’m looking at the script rather than the comic books. I mean the comic books are giving me a good general kind of area of what we’re talking about. Where this characters located. But the script is really like, you know. Because they might change the canon. There’s been like 3 or 4 different ways that he’s lost his eye. Are we doing one of those? Or are we doing it a completely new way? Like, I need to play that.”
Wow, the fact that he considers the fact that Deathstroke is possibly an anti-hero is huge to me, and he knows the few ways that he has lost his eye. Manganiello also goes on to talk about his sword training for the upcoming role.
“I started katana training recently. Like live sword training and I started meeting with various martial arts teachers and discussing with them. ‘Ok, so what are the most offensive styles of martial arts.’ Ones where you’re not waiting for someone to attack you but ones where you’re looking to make the attack. Then what are the most deadly ones? Where are the scrolls, the ancient Japanese scrolls that have these really deadly techniques that you don’t teach to the average student out the street? Something that only somebody who would go looking for it that are really really bad, you know, are dangerous. Like, what are those?
“Ok, so now what are the stances? What are like some really unorthodox stances that someone who learns say Ninjutsu would stand in? Ok, so now what if that person lost an eye? If that person lost an eye how would they then alter the stance so that you would have better peripheral vision. What would that look like? So then you start cooking, and then you start building a story. Kind of outside-in. That’s like a very physical way to build a story.”
Color me impressed here. Normally, I would be saying that I so can’t wait for the film after reading his quotes. But hell, for all we know Jared Leto will be returning as the Joker to destroy the film.
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What do you guys think about Joe Manganiello’s preparation for Deathstroke, and will everyone get sadface if someone nixes the character entirely, for say The Penguin or maybe the Condiment King? Speak up!