Hot on the heels of the news of Jared Leto’s Joker in Justice League, comes yet another cast addition. And this time, it’s another villain as well, which is kind of concerning for the movie. A new report about Joe Manganiello’s Deathstroke in Justice League confirms the actor returning for Zack Snyder’s reshoots. While this news isn’t as shocking as Joker’s inclusion, it still raises an eyebrow.
Joe Manganiello’s Deathstroke In Justice League Means Expansive Reshoots
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I am personally very excited for Zack Snyder’s Justice League. So many years in the making and everything we’ve heard about his version sounds epic. Initial reports placed the cost of the Snyder Cut to be around $20-$30 Million. And that budget did not include reshoots with any principal cast members. Recent reports, however, confirmed the return of at least Ben Affleck, Ray Fisher, and Amber Heard. The budget apparently also ballooned to $70 Million. Now, hearing about Joe Manganiello’s Deathstroke in Justice League as well, means these reshoots are getting pretty elaborate.
At least Deathstroke returning for Justice League makes sense. The actor was last seen in the role in a post-credits scene of the movie. Spoilers for Justice League upcoming: the scene shows Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor meeting Manganiello’s Deathstroke on a yacht, after helping him escape from prison. There were also plans previously for Deathstroke to be the main villain in a Batman movie starring Ben Affleck before those plans derailed. So for Deathstroke to be in Justice League only makes sense, since Snyder probably wants to finish his contribution to his story.
How Many Villains Is Too Many?
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However, at this point, with Joe Manganiello’s Deathstroke in Justice League, I’m having some slight concerns. And it’s the same concerns we all have when any superhero movie adds too many villains. And while it may feel that Justice League is immune to this given its unprecedented status as a movie that never was, but then became a 4 part miniseries on HBO Max, it’s truly not. The Joss Whedon version of Justice League used Ciaran Hinds’ Steppenwolf as the main villain, with the Parademons as expendable henchmen. Snyder’s original movie, however, kept Steppenwolf as the stepping stone to the larger villain in Darkseid.
Since then, however, we learned that Joker will also be in the movie. And adding Deathstroke increases the villain quotient that much more. Now, don’t get me wrong, Manganiello as Deathstroke was one of those genius bits of casting that makes Snyder’s DCEU so revered. If nothing else, the fan-favorite actors that Snyder cast in the iconic comic book roles for his universe, are just plain legendary. It’s arguably the best live-action representations of these characters; and for many, their first live-action appearance. Deathstroke himself though, has appeared in other TV versions, such on The CW’s Arrow and the new Titans. I’m still hoping that with all these villains, Justice League doesn’t end up going the route of movies like Spider-Man 3.
Zack Snyder’s Justice League release on HBO Max in 2021.
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Shah Shahid is an entertainment writer, movie critic (so he thinks), host of the Split Screen Podcast (on Apple Podcasts & everywhere else) and filmy father on a mission to educate his girls on decades of film history. Armed with uncontrollable sarcasm and cautious optimism, Shah loves discussing film, television and comic book content until his wife’s eyes glaze over. So save her by engaging him on his own blog at BlankPageBeatdown.com or on Twitter @theshahshahid.