Warning: The following article has Justice League spoilers, beware if you haven’t seen the film yet.
While it leaked online only days before Justice League released in theaters, a lot of fans who managed to avoid the spoilers were quite happy upon exiting the theaters having seen Joe Manganiello’s Deathstroke making a surprise appearance in one of the two post-credits scenes of the film. Despite his screen time being very limited, Manganiello’s version of the villain is being appreciated by TV’s Deathstroke aka Manu Bennett who is not only playing Slade Wilson on The CW’s Arrow but, is also welcome to the prospects of a spinoff series.
“Joe Manganiello is gonna bring — well, he’s already brought — Deathstroke to the screen in the new Justice League,” Bennett was quoted saying during the weekend at Heroes & Villains Fanfest, Atlanta. “You know, Joe’s a really fantastic, fantastic, wonderful guy who’s done a lot of work in preparing himself for whatever his next role is, you know, and I know physically he’s like the right size and everything for a great Slade Wilson.”
Bennett went on praising Manganiello and also shared his desire to be a part of a potential Deathstroke solo series within The CW’s Arrowverse, and that’s an idea which he has vocally expressed in the past.
“You know Joe, Joe’s going to do something wonderful on the big screen with him and so, maybe when that has figured itself out, because Warner Bros are behind them both, right now they just want to put it out there in the film world,” he said. “I’ve done my little run, I’ve had a good last episode, so now Joe will go and do something on the big screen and maybe when there’s a bit of a window in between that they’ll say that Marc [Guggenheim] can write some more stuff, maybe even a TV series! Let’s just put that one out there.”
Justice League is playing in theaters all over the world and the film stars Ben Affleck as Batman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Ezra Miller as The Flash, Ray Fisher as Cyborg, Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Willem Dafoe as NuidisVulko, Ciarán Hinds as Steppenwolf, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor and J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon.