Joe Manganiello Hypes Up Ben Affleck’s ‘The Batman’



Ben Affleck‘s highly anticipated Batman movie will be “gritty and action packed and cerebral”, according to actor Joe Manganiello.

The buzz has been building ever since it was announced that Affleck would be playing Batman. Rumours immediately began flying every which way that the actor and filmmaker would be taking the helm of a Batman pic, and indeed it was eventually confirmed that Affleck would be directing, co-writing and starring in his very own cinematic chapter focusing on the Caped Crusader.

With an outstanding filmmaking resume – Gone Baby Gone, The Town and the Best Picture-winning Argo – expectations are somewhat high that Affleck will be bringing us an awesome Batman film. Well, unsurprisingly, actor Manganiello is sure that’s what we’re in for.

Speaking on a Mark Madden podcast (via CBM), Manganiello, who’s attached to play Deathstroke in The Batman, talked a bit about Affleck’s “surprising” take on the film.

“When I met Ben we sat down and we talked about, you know, the role. We talked about the movie. His take is a fresh take but I think the audience is going to be surprised. Because it’s a road that no one’s really gone down that’s completely integral to, you know, who Batman is,” Manganiello said.

“And I think it’s gonna be refreshing but at the same time completely familiar. But it’s going to take this franchise in a direction that I think a lot of people are going to be really happy about. It’s going to be gritty and action packed and cerebral and all of those elements that people love about Batman.”

He continued: “Ben’s a great director, man. I mean the last movie that man directed won best picture. He’s got an Oscar for writing. Like, this is all the components to go down as a… everything is lined up for a really really really great movie. Not only a superhero movie but just a great great movie.”

We’ve got our fingers firmly crossed, Joe. Firmly crossed.

Affleck’s The Batman, also starring J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon and Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth, still doesn’t have an official release date. Stay tuned.

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