Deathstroke of luck

While the critical and fan reception for 'Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice' and 'Suicide Squad' has been lukewarm at best, the DCU is continuing to move at full steam, with Ben Affleck slated to resume his role as the caped crusader, along with taking the reigns of directorial duties in the next Dark Knight film titled 'The Batman.'

It was also just recently announced that 'The Batman' has found its villain, as actor Joe Manganiello has been tapped to put on the mask of Deathstroke. Say what you will of the DCU films, but, despite their box office performance, the DCU has a knack of casting high-profile actors for their roles, and this latest casting is no different.

Manganiello officially joins the DCU, and will add this upcoming role to his already extensive list of acting credits. Manganiello is probably best known for his run on the HBO series 'True Blood' in which he played Werewolf and love interest to Anna Paquin's Sookie Stackhouse, Alicide Herveaux.

Manganiello joins the list of other high-profile actors that have already been attached to the DCU, including Henry Cavilll, Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Jared Leto, and Jason Momoa -- to name a few. As listed on IMDb, 'The Batman' will also feature the return of Jeremy Irons as Alfred, along with 'The Maze Runner' franchise star Dylan O'Brien as Dick Grayson/Nightwing.

Most recent Deathstroke sighting

Fans of the CW's 'Arrow' are no stranger to Deathstroke, as Deathstroke was a primary villain featured opposite Stephen Amell in 14 episodes of the series throughout 2014 and 2015.

At that time, the role of Slade Wilson was portrayed by New Zealand actor Manu Bennett (best known for playing Crixus in the Starz original series 'Spartacus').

As it's common knowledge that the DC TV universe and DCU films operate on an entirely different spectrum, it will be interesting to see how Deathstroke is portrayed on the big screen, and how that will differ from the television portrayal as part of the CW network.

While there is no definite confirmation of a release date for 'The Batman' current speculation suggests that it may hit theaters sometime in 2018.

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