There have been several complications with pre-production of “The Batman”, but Joe Manganiello says all good things take time.
Ben Affleck, who will star as the caped crusader and also write the screenplay for the movie, was originally intended to direct the flick. He backed out of the director’s chair in January and has since been replaced by “Cloverfield” director Matt Reeves. Members of the team have gone back and forth on when production on “The Batman” would officially begin.
Manganiello, 40, will play the villain Deathstroke in the new movie. In October 2016, he said the movie was expected to start production in the spring. Now he tells Robert Irvine Magazine that production could start in the summer, but it really shouldn’t matter. “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,” Manganiello said.
“There’s a creative process, and everyone on the cast and crew wants to make this the best movie possible,” he continued. “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.
“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,” the husband of Sofia Vergara added.
Manganiello also talked about the training necessary for his role as the mercenary Deathstroke, “It’s an incredibly athletic role so all of the training is very functional. I’ve also started Kung fu and chi gung training, and I’ve also started working with katanas.”
The character, birth name Slade Wilson, has never been portrayed in a live-action movie. New Zealand actor Manu Bennett plays Deathstroke on CW’s “Arrow”, but Manganiello intends to make the character his own. “Yeah, I guess there was a TV show but I haven’t seen it. I won’t watch it,” he confessed. “This is my character, an exciting one, and has the capacity, I think, to be a great villain. And what all the great ones can do is polarize an audience. When I was a kid I always rooted for the villain. As a kid I think I would have rooted for him and I think fans will.”
“The Batman” is expected to cruise into theatres in 2018.