Joe Manganiello Says He's Started Katana Training For Deathstroke Role In Ben Affleck's BATMAN Movie

As rumors continue to swirl around Warner Bros. and Ben Affleck's production of a standalone Batman movie in the DCEU, Joe Manganiello is pressing on with his preparation for playing Slade Wilson.

While speculation continues on whether Deathstroke is still appearing as the main antagonist in Ben Affleck and Warner Bros. Batman movie, Joe Manganiello has revealed that he's preparing for the role despite the project being on shaky ground.  Appearing on the Dragon Talk podcast, the former True Blood and Magic Mike actor revealed that he's read every single Deathstroke comic and started sword training.

"I’m somebody that likes to start preparing way ahead of time. So I’ve read almost all the comic books involving him. Just to get the information out of them. Some of them are useful. Some of them are not going to be useful. Because ultimately the script—that’s my text. I have to play that.

I started katana training recently. Like live sword training and I started meeting with various martial arts teachers and discussing with them. 'Ok, so what are the most offensive styles of martial arts'. Ones where you’re not waiting for someone to attack you but ones where you’re looking to make the attack. Then what are the most deadly ones? Where are the scrolls, the ancient Japanese scrolls that have these really deadly techniques that you don’t teach to the average student out the street? Something that only somebody who would go looking for it that are really really bad, you know, are dangerous. Like, what are those?

'Ok, so now what are the stances?' What are like some really unorthodox stances that someone who learns say Ninjutsu would stand in? Ok, so now what if that person lost an eye? If that person lost an eye how would they then alter the stance so that you would have better peripheral vision. What would that look like? So then you start cooking, and then you start building a story. Kind of outside-in. That’s like a very physical way to build a story.

Then on the other side of it, like I said, I’m looking at the script rather than the comic books. I mean the comic books are giving me a good general kind of area of what we’re talking about. Where this characters located. But the script is really like, you know. Because they might change the canon. There’s been like 3 or 4 different ways that he’s lost his eye. Are we doing one of those? Or are we doing it a completely new way? Like, I need to play that."

Based on Manganiello's comments it would seem as if Deathstroke is not appearing in Zack Snyder's Justice League if he's only started preparing for the role recently.  That said, it's pretty impressive that Manganiello is giving the role deep thought and really attempting to bring an authentic and intimidating Slade Wilson to life.  Of course, Forbes recently reported that the Batman movie is in disarray and looking at a potential page one rewrite once a new director is selected.  On the other hand, a Variety film reporter has now stated that a script has been finalized and WB and Affleck only need to hire someone to direct.
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