For all the faults of Warner Brothers and DC Films, they have made amends by hiring the services of Matt Reeves. The War for the Planet of the Apes filmmaker signed on following a contentious battle that cost the studios a lot of PR credibility. But plans are now firmly underway to begin production on the standalone installment The Batman with Ben Affleck.
Joe Manganiello was cast last year in the part of Deathstroke, a villain that was portrayed on the small screen for CW's Arrow. The actor came out this week to announce to Robert Irvine Magazine that all is going well behind the scenes and speculation about script issues and falling behind schedule is nothing more than gossip.
Trouble! What Trouble? Say It Aint So Says Joe
Perhaps he wants to please his employers and put on a good show for the press, or the minor hiccups are just that in his eyes. Either way, Manganiello has denied any talk that the project has suffered major setbacks and believes that everything is running as it would on another motion picture of this scope.
"Everyone involved wants to make this the best film possible, so that's really what it's about," he begins. "It's funny how the media likes to run with, 'Oh there's trouble!' 'Oh, the script needs to be revised!' They're drama queens. There's a creative process, and everyone on the cast and crew wants to make this the best movie possible. So that's what we're gonna do. When we start shooting it, we'll start shooting it. It will be soon, I can say that. Here's the thing: No one wants to create that superhero movie that's polarizing to fans and critics. Rest assured, we're gonna do this thing right."
Don't Rush Us Bro, It Will Be Great
The jumping back and forth regarding when this project will actually get off the ground is no concern for the 40-year old, who argues that the process will look after itself.
"Last year, I said May and that was my understanding. It depends," replied to the actor about when exactly the film will actually start. "They have big plans for this movie. Whether or not we start exactly on that date or in June, whatever it is, it doesn't matter. Here's the thing: The creative process needs to be respected and no one involved in this film wants to make anything less than an unbelievable film, a legendary film. The movie will start shooting whenever those pieces are in place and we know this is gonna be something that we're proud of. What we're not gonna do is be backed into a start date, scrambling to get something off the ground just to get it off the ground."