Worried about The Batman script? You may be able to put those fears to rest. Joe Manganiello had a special one-on-one chat with Ben Affleck about the direction and style of the upcoming DC installment. Following on from the critical flop that was Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and a brief cameo in Suicide Squad, this time the 44-year old will have the reigns of the hotly anticipated feature. And so far the former True Blood actor likes what he hears.
Taking on the role of the villain Deathstroke, Manganiello has a key role to play to help The Accountant star set the right tone and aesthetic for the picture.
If he can bridge the gap between the recent disappointments and the unheralded success of Christopher Nolan's universe with Christian Bale in the lead, then Affleck will have done the caped crusader justice.
Fresh and Gritty For New Dark Knight
Speaking with CBM about the exciting project, Manganiello gave fans an insight into his chats with Affleck and the enthusiasm clearly showed through.
“When I met Ben we sat down and we talked about, you know, the role," started the Deathstroke star. "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, you know, who Batman is. And I think it’s gonna 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.”
Direction Could Be The Fundamental Key To Success
Having adapted his career from a purely talented actor to a diverse filmmaker with such hits as Argo, Gone Baby Gone and The Town, Manganiello knows that tapping into his experience behind the camera will be a key to the end product.
“Ben’s a great director, man," he glowed. "I mean the last movie that man directed won best picture (Argo). He’s got an Oscar for writing (Good Will Hunting). 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.”
Perhaps an indirect dig at Zack Snyder, but that guy has made a dog's dinner of the franchise so he has to own it.