ByWally West, writer at
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With news dropping that Joe Manganiello will be tackling the role of Deathstroke in Ben Affleck's upcoming Batman reboot, fans are champing at the bit for our favorite mercenary's first foray into the DC Extended Universe. And with his history of going toe to toe with the Caped Crusader, being a Teen Titans villain, as well as making an appearance in The CW's Arrow and giving us another taste in the video game Batman: Arkham Origins, we can only imagine what the fight scenes will entail! Check out this 27-second clip below; it's chock-full of Easter Eggs.

So now we know for sure that former True Blood werewolf Manganiello is playing Deathstroke, here are the reasons why he's the perfect man for the job.

He's Got The Looks

See the similarities?
See the similarities?

I don't know about you guys, but the light dusting of beard is strikingly similar to that of the original Deathstroke. And with similarly muscular physiques — best remembered when Manganiello played Big Dick Richie in Magic Mike — he perfectly resembles his comic book counterpart. Judging from his good looks alone, it's pretty safe to say Manganiello was born to play the role of this brutal assassin.

Yes, Manu Bennett's performance as Slade Wilson in The CW's Arrow was phenomenal, but the DCEU's version of Deathstroke should really aim to smash it out of the park, which is where Manganiello steps in. And speaking of the comic book counterpart...

Back To That All-Important Facial Hair

By Bosslogic
By Bosslogic

This concept art proves that the salt-and-pepper beard really is necessary. Not only does Manganiello have to resemble the comic book villain, but also his fictional real-life counterpart Slade Wilson. Bennett's TV version of Deathstroke had a black goatee which, not to be nitpick, doesn't reflect his comic book look, and so Manganiello's version is one step closer to the original. While the Arrow version of Deathstroke proved very popular, Manganiello's rendering promises to be spot-on.

He Has The Acting Chops

Joe Manganiello in Sabotage(2016)
Joe Manganiello in Sabotage(2016)

Having played the memorable Flash Thompson in two of Sam Raimi's Spider-Man films, Manganiello has more than proven his worth as a hotheaded bully.

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He's In Familiar Company

Concept art of Joe Manganiello as Deathstroke
Concept art of Joe Manganiello as Deathstroke

While the DCEU may have found its Deathstroke in Manganiello, it surely can't be a coincidence that Willem Dafoe is set to play Vulko in Justice League, or that J.K. Simmons has been tapped to play Commissioner Gordon in that same film. Notice the connection? All three actors did time in Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy, making them all Marvel actors.

It's true to say the DCEU has suffered some casting controversies and missteps in the past (*cough* Jesse Eisenberg *cough*), but Manganiello as Deathstroke is not one of them. Having him join the DCEU is a fan boy's dream come true.


Is Joe Manganiello the perfect Deathstoke for the DCEU?

Who else could play Deathstroke in the DCEU instead of Joe Manganiello? Let me know in the comments!

And check out the awesome fight between Batman and Deathstroke below:


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