A few months ago came a report that “True Blood” and “Magic Mike” hunk Joe Manganiello was up for the role of Deathstroke in the film adaptation of the DC Comics title “Suicide Squad” at Warner Bros. Pictures. At the time Jason Clarke was also listed as another potential candidate.
Now though, further reports have come to light suggesting Manganiello may be very close to signing on for the part. According to Cinema Blend the actor, who previously worked with Squad’s director David Ayer on 2014’s “Sabotage,” has “all but locked up the part”.
In the film version, the character is a hired assassin competing with the Suicide Squad, potentially working with the nefarious group Onslaught and its leader Antiphon whom are rumored to be the film’s villains. Latino Review has further details:
“He’s a hired assassin and he doesn’t have any powers like in the comic book. They’re going for a pre-super villain Deathstroke. He’s a huge part of both of the major set pieces of the film.
His introduction is INSANE! He’s badass & almost takes the team down on one mission single handed. Death stroke has THE breakout & choicest role in the film. The running gun battle that sources are describing is something else.
His suit is very stealth oriented. They used an actual US military tactical outfit for the basis. He’s armed to the teeth, uses a sword and automatics. In concept artwork he has two eyes. The mask is there and it’s the iconic one.”
In other superhero rumors, a new one has “Star Trek” star Chris Pine potentially playing the new Green Lantern in the upcoming DC Cinematic Universe films.
The character isn’t expected to appear in “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” but is thought to be a part of the first “Justice League” film which will begin production next year. Pine was previously linked to the character when the previous film was being cast, the role ultimately going to Ryan Reynolds.
The rumor comes as “Hell on Wheels” actor Common, who was linked to the John Stewart version of Green Lantern in George Miller’s collapsed 2007 “Justice League” film, tells Screen Rant that he’d be open to trying the role again:
“Plus, it’s just for the fun. Even the pre-production of getting the ‘go’ and studying Green Lantern. John Stewart is from Detroit, so he was this guy that was really for the community, and I really related to that. He used his powers to help people in the community. I was like, ‘Man, I’m going to be John Stewart, the Green Lantern!’ Unfortunately, it didn’t’t happen at that time. But maybe the possibility is that it could. I would love to.”