The Batman has gone from one speed bump to the next. We now have Joe Manganiello is questioning whether he will be part of the production. Continual delays have been the killer for the movie as Matt Reeves was confirmed to direct earlier this year, yet DC films cannot get their act together as the actor gave a less than assured response to his inclusion as the character of Deathstroke to Pittsburgh Today Live.
Speaking live with the radio station and quizzed to his involvement as the villain of the piece, he responded with: “Umm. Maybe. We’ll see.”
JM Backflips On Statement Just A Few Weeks Old
This is an unusual state of affairs as the Magic Mike XXL star went on the offensive earlier this month to shoot down talk the movie was in chaos. As talk of production delayed until 2018 for a 2019 release, Manganiello was having none of it.
"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," he said."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."
"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."
Does the creative process include a reply of "maybe" to the question of whether or not you will be taking part? That would be a turn up for the books.
JK Talks Gordon Ahead of Justice League
One man who isn't getting cold feet about the DC installment is the one and only J.K. Simmons. Playing the part of Commissioner Gordon vacated by Gary Oldman in Christopher Nolan's series, the actor told Screen Crush that his initial involvement in the DCEU will be teased in Justice League as it evolves more with The Batman and future sequels.
“My part in the first film coming out this fall is very, very small," he outlined. "It’s a little introduction of the character. But whenever the next one gets off the ground, whether it’s The Batman movie or the Justice League sequel, and I know those things are getting shuffled around right now...
We thought we might be getting to work pretty soon on The Batman, but we’ll see what the future brings. Hopefully that’ll be another comic book character that I get to take two or three or four cracks at.”