Joe Manganiello Confirmed as Deathstroke for Solo Batman Film

 

HBO True Blood and Sam Raimi Spider-Man alum Joe Manganiello has been confirmed as the villain Deathstroke aka Slade Wilson in the solo Batman film starting Ben Affleck.  Manganiello has the height and size to combat the largest Batman in live-action film history.

Fan-casting of Maganiello circulated after Affleck shared test footage of Deathstroke on social media.  Slade is a dangerous and charismatic character who is deceptive and formidable in battle.  He carries a sword, guns and grenades.  One-eyed and having defeated Batman in the comics, expect a knockdown, drag-out fight once the suspected ‘The Batman’ hits theaters.

Formerly known as Deathstroke The Terminator, he has been portrayed on live-action television as the season two “big bad” on the CW’s Arrow by Spartacus alum Manu Bennett.  That performance set an expectation that the former werewolf will have to follow.  Cartoon Network’s Beware the Batman featured the character and all his criminal behavior.  Most recently, Wilson was the primary antagonist in the DC animated feature, Son of Batman.

In other news, Mara Brock Akil(Being Mary Jane, The Game) is producing a Black Lightning television series with Greg Berlanti(Arrow, The Flash) that will air on FOX.  Black Lightning aka Jefferson Pierce will be coming out of retirement once his daughter becomes involved in gang-related activity.  The series will be the first superhero show that will feature an African-American as its lead in a decade.

Finally, Jason Mamoa begins shooting the reboot of The Crown in January 2017.  The production has gone through several issues through the past few years.  Actors, such as Luke Evans have dropped out and a production had shut down as a company.  The film should not require a large budget, given the scope and tone of the story.

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Wonder Woman Comic-Con Trailer Debuts Online

Warner Bros. and DC Films dropped the official Wonder Woman trailer online after live viewing at Comic-Con.  The Patty Jenkins film only reveals a few details fans already know.  Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) finds himself on a paradise island in the midst of World War I.  He meets Diana Prince (Gal Gadot) and then the adventure begins.

Finer details of the story have yet to be revealed.  In essence, it is a three-minute teaser.  Showcasing Wonder Woman’s fighting skills, weaponry and powers, fans see the Lasso of Truth, strength and durability.  Cultural nods are peppered in with comparing being a secretary to slavery.  Glimpses of the Amazons and how diverse in color they really are, debunking the issue made on social media after an immediate family image was released.  Biggest difference between this movie and Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice was the vibrant costume and brighter color palette.

Wonder Woman hits theaters June 2017.

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Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice Ultimate Edition Review

Non-spoilers review of Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice Ultimate Edition and is it better than the theatrical version of the film?  There is an added 30 minutes that makes this more coherent and a lot more fluid.  Not just in character motivations, but emotional depth.

Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor is flushed out more and logic gaps are filled within the extra half-hour just by extending scenes and re-ordering them.  There is more of the Clark Kent story line as well.  He researches and reports news, primarily focused on Batman which is shown in the trailer.

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Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice Ultimate Edition Spoiler Talk

Spoiler talk of Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice Ultimate Edition and is it better than the theatrical version of the film?  There is an added 30 minutes that makes this more coherent and a lot more fluid.  Not just in character motivations, but emotional depth.

Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor is flushed out more and logic gaps are filled within the extra half-hour just by extending scenes and re-ordering them.  There is more of the Clark Kent story line as well.  He researches and reports news, primarily focused on Batman which is shown in the trailer.

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Big Warner Bros. & DC Films Shakeup

 

DC Films fans may have their future “Kevin Feige” in heralded comic book writer and television producer Geoff Johns.  In the wake of disappointing reviews and box office numbers of the highly-anticipated Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, DC Films along with Warner Bros. Pictures as a whole made changes on the executive level.

Johns has a deep understanding of the DC characters and will co-head comic book film production with film producer Jon Berg.  Berg’s credits include Jon Favreau’s 2003 film ‘Elf’, starring Will Ferrell and Doug Limon’s 2014 action film ‘Edge of Tomorrow’, starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt.  Fans should not expect to see changes from until after Justice League Part One.

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