In his abandoned Batman movie, Ben Affleck had some ambitious plans for the antagonist.
At Zack Snyder’s Full Circle fan event over the weekend, the 50-year-old Justice League actor disclosed that he had “explored” various ideas for how to introduce Joe Manganiello’s Deathstroke to the DC Extended Universe and approach his story.
According to The Direct, Affleck admitted that he was “kind of exploring a number of [ideas].” Additionally, complex, nuanced characters were intended to be created, especially for [Deathstroke].
“Either you do a kind of massive one villain that is so formidable you just can’t imagine how your protagonist is going to be able to overcome it,” he said. “Or you need to really populate something like Injustice.
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Affleck said he wanted Deathstroke to have “depth” as an adversary to Batman.
“So, I was at the time really trying to hone in and focus on that character and get into depth and detail about it to make him seem as impressive as I felt there was the opportunity to do,” Affleck said.
Manganiello, 46, who made an appearance in the post-credits scene in Zack Snyder’s Justice League as Deathstroke, gave some details about what Affleck’s version of the story would have looked like in a 2020 interview.