Ben Affleck has been doing press for his new thriller The Accountant, which hits theaters on October 14, and he has been dropping some big news about his highly-anticipated Batman reboot as well. Earlier today, we reported the movie will be called The Batman, and Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes says the movie will be ready in a year and a half, teasing a Spring 2018 release date. It was also confirmed last month that Joe Manganiello will star as the primary villain Deathstroke. Today, we have details about why Ben Affleck decided on Deathstroke for this adventure.
Ben Affleck surprised many fans in August with a brief video from the Justice League set that clearly showed Deathstroke in full costume, while Zack Snyder recently shared another image, where he’s seen drawing storyboards for what appears to be a Deathstroke scene. Collider caught up with Ben Affleck, who revealed he thinks Deathstroke would “match up” nicely with Batman in this movie. Here’s what he had to say below.
“He’s a great villain because-I just had an instinctive feeling that he would match up with him well. You know, I’m a big admirer of that character as well, especially in the New 52 the way that they did Deathstroke, and I thought that it could work.”
Last week, Joe Manganiello took to social media to unveil some of the Deathstroke comic books he was reading for research. Two of the titles were New 52 books, and given Ben Affleck’s comments in this new interview, it’s certainly possible that either this big screen version of Deathstroke is based on the New 52 comics, or that the story as a whole will be taken from the New 52 comics. No plot details have been unveiled at this time, but Ben Affleck has stated in the past that this movie will feature a story that is largely original, although there will be certain elements taken from the comics.
Ben Affleck is directing the Batman reboot from a script he co-wrote with Geoff Johns. There have been rumors that the movie begins with a massive prison break at Arkham Asylum, and that there will be several villains from the comic book appearing in this movie, but that hasn’t been confirmed quite yet. With Ben Affleck continuing to do press for The Accountant, it’s possible we may hear much more about The Batman very soon.