the batman batgirl

Before Matt Reeves and Robert Pattinson got involved, Ben Affleck was going to direct and star in The Batman. The film would’ve had Affleck’s take on the Caped Crusader battling Slade Wilson, AKA Deathstroke, as played by Joe Manganiello. We’ll never get to see that version of the film, but in a recent interview, Manganiello revealed some new details about what could have been. And according to him, Batman wouldn’t have been alone in the film – the Dark Knight was going to have some help from Batgirl.

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The Spine of Night trailer

The Amazon series Undone is the last significant film or television project I can think of that used rotoscoping to push the television medium forward, but an upcoming SXSW film is using that labor-intensive technique to capture a sense of the past.

The Spine of Night, a new ultra-violent fantasy horror film that debuts at next week’s virtual film festival, is made in the style of artists like Ralph Bakshi and Frank Franzetta and recalls projects like Heavy Metal and Fire & Ice. And it has a great cast to boot: Richard E. Grant (Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker), Lucy Lawless (Xena: Warrior Princess), Patton Oswalt (A.P. Bio), and more lend their voices to this movie. Take a look at the trailer below.
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the batman ben affleck

Matt Reeves’ The Batman is now in production with Robert Pattinson as the Caped Crusader, but once upon a time, things were going to be different. At one point, Ben Affleck, who played Batman in Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman and Justice League, was set to direct and star in a new solo Batman movie. Affleck spent a while developing the project, and came close to making it – but in the end, it wasn’t to be.

But what kind of movie might Ben Affleck’s The Batman have been? According to Joe Manganiello, who was set to play villain Deathstroke in the film, Affleck’s The Batman was going to be a lot like David Fincher’s The Game.

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Deathstroke justice league

Joe Manganiello (Magic Mike) appeared briefly in a post-credits scene of Justice League back in 2017, playing a menacing mercenary named Deathstroke. His appearance was designed to set up a sequel and maybe even a solo spin-off movie, but so far, neither one has happened.

But now Manganiello is getting another shot at wearing the character’s eyepatch. A new report says he will be a part of Zack Snyder’s Justice League, the four-episode HBO Max series which will consist of footage Snyder shot the first time around, as well as additional photography that’s taking place right now. Read More »

Archenemy trailer

Joe Manganiello is built like a comic book character. He’s played one before, popping up very briefly as Deathstroke in the post-credits scene of Justice League – a tease which, through no fault of his, will likely never pay off. Now he’s toying with the superhero genre again in Archenemy, a new film in which he plays an alcoholic and homeless character who may or may not be a hero from another dimension.

Oh yeah, and his character’s name is “Max Fist.” Amazing.

Check out the trailer for the film below, which reminds me of what might happen if Hancock was mixed with Taxi Driver. Read More »

The Sleepover trailer

Take the clue-following premise of National Treasure, the kid-centric approach of Spy Kids, and mix a dash of the “spouse doesn’t know about their partner’s secret skills” concept from True Lies, and you get The Sleepover, a new action comedy coming to Netflix later this month.

Malin Åkerman (Rock of Ages) plays a former thief who’s pulled back into the game by villains who force her to reunite with her sexy former partner (Joe Manganiello, Magic Mike) to pull a heist. All of this is quite a surprise for her husband (Ken MarinoWet Hot American Summer), who had no idea about his wife’s former life as a criminal. But most of the movie seems to center around the kids, who are naturally in over their heads when they get involved. Read More »

Deathstroke movie details

In the post-credits scene of 2017’s Justice League, the costumed mercenary Deathstroke (Joe Mangianello) emerges onto Lex Luthor’s yacht and suggests that if the good guys have their own league, perhaps the villains should have a league of their own. That setup has yet to be paid off in a DC Comics movie, and since the priorities at the studio have shifted, it seems like it never will.

But three years ago, The Raid director Gareth Evans was attached to direct a Deathstroke film which would have told the character’s origin story. Even though that project fell apart, Evans is now spilling some details about what his approach would have been if everything had fallen into place.
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deathstroke movie

Hopefully you weren’t looking forward to that Gareth Evans directed Deathstroke movie, because it’s not happening. At least, not anytime soon. Evans revealed that the film, which was set to star Joe Manganiello, is dormant, and has been for quite some time. That’s not to say Deathstroke won’t star in his own adventure sometime in the future. Just don’t hold your breath.

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The Batman villain

Matt Reeves‘ The Batman is apparently still happening, and now we may know who the villain is going to be.

Rotten Tomatoes critics! No, I’m kidding. It’s actually The Penguin.

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Joe Manganiello Deathstroke

It was the summer of 2016, and Ben Affleck had just tweeted a video featuring Joe Manganiello in costume as Deathstroke. The fan community was pumped about the idea of the two of them facing off in a Batman movie directed by Affleck, but since then, we’ve only seen Manganiello’s version of this character pop up in a post-credits scene in last year’s Justice League.

Now the former True Blood star is talking about the research he did to become the DC Comics villain, and how what was originally intended to inform his work in the Batman solo movie may be rolled into a Deathstroke film that could be directed by The Raid‘s Gareth Evans. Read More »