ByKit Simpson Browne, writer at
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Kit Simpson Browne

Now, there were a whole lot of reasons that many fans took issue with #ZackSnyder's #BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice, with the film's unrelenting darkness chief among them. For even the most antagonistic of viewers, though, #BenAffleck's #Batman seemed to serve as a surprising silver lining, with the controversy surrounding his initial casting largely giving way to a widespread consensus that this whole #Batfleck thing would ultimately work out fine.

Perhaps understandably, then, many of those fans have been placing a whole lot of hope in Affleck's upcoming directorial outing in the #DCEU, #TheBatman, with expectations riding high that he can add what pretty much everyone liked about Batman v Superman (i.e. Affleck himself) into a more widely beloved tale of the Dark Knight. It's perhaps good news, then, that...

The Batman's Joe Manganiello Just Teased A Very Different Take on On The Dark Knight

[Magic Mike XXL/Warner Bros.]
[Magic Mike XXL/Warner Bros.]

Manganiello, y'see, is set to play the villainous #Deathstroke in the movie, and as such, appears to have been given a fairly strong sense of the direction in which the project is heading. And, because #JoeManganiello is apparently a nice dude, he recently opted to tell us all a little about it during an interview with Pittsburgh's Mark Madden. As Manganiello sees it, The Batman seems set to be a very different sort of Bat-movie to the DCEU's first attempt at one:

"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."

[DC Comics]
[DC Comics]

All of which is, of course, nice to hear — if a little sweeping and non-committal. Thankfully, though, Manganiello also went into a little detail about just what he means when he anticipates a very different approach to the Bat-mythos:

"It's going to be gritty and action-packed and cerebral and all of those elements that people love about Batman...everything is lined up for a really really really great movie. Not only a superhero movie, but just a great great movie."

And, in fairness, "gritty and action-packed and cerebral" does sound like the sort of Batman movie most fans are hoping to see. Does this then mean that we can rest easy, secure in the knowledge that Affleck's custodianship of The Batman will work out fine? Can we now eagerly anticipate the first truly faithful adaptation of the most beloved comic book variation of Batman out there? Will the plot reliably not be resolved by the discovery that Deathstroke's father's name is also Thomas?

Here's hoping...

What do you think, though? Will The Batman be the Batman movie we're all apparently hoping for, or is that an impossible goal? Let us know below!