Last month, Ben Affleck released this test footage on Twitter…
…which of course caused much heavy breathing and Kermit-flailing.
For those who are unfamiliar with the character, that is Deathstroke a.k.a. Deathstroke The Terminator a.k.a. the character who inspired the chimichanga-loving Merc With A Mouth that is Deadpool. Everything you need or want to know about Deathstroke (including the fact that he was played by Manu Bennett in Season 2 of Arrow) can be found here.
Most people who saw that test footage were left asking two important questions: Would Deathstroke be appearing in Justice League or in the solo Batman film that Affleck would be co-writing and directing? And who is it under the mask that will be playing Deathstroke?
And it seems that we have answers to both of those questions.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Deathstroke will be played by Joe Manganiello of True Blood and Magic Mike/Magic Mike XXL fame in Affleck’s solo Batman film, but it remains unknown if he will also be appearing in Justice League. For many fans who have been hoping for this casting choice to become reality ever since rumors of Manganiello appearing as Deathstroke in Suicide Squad sprung up last year, their reactions will probably look something like this:
And now is the time where we all discuss this casting choice in a calm, respectful, and open-minded manner. Because this is the Internet, and that is how we discuss comic-book movies, as well as the people who make and appear in them.