Joe Manganiello Cast As Deathstroke In Ben Affleck's Batman Movie

If you had actor Joe Manganiello pegged as the DC Universe's premiere assassin, give yourself a pat on the back.

Manganiello (True Blood, Magic Mike) has been rumored for the role of Deathstroke ever since Ben Affleck posted a brief glimpse of the assassin on his Twitter account. The role has been officially confirmed (via The Wall Street Journal) by Geoff Johns, and the character will appear in Affleck and John's upcoming Batman solo film, but it has yet to be confirmed whether he'll turn up in Justice League first.

Odds are that he at least makes a small cameo in League.

Fans first caught on to the idea when Manganiello was spotted in London, the same location that Justice League is currently shooting in. The actor not long after followed Justice League director Zack Snyder on Twitter. Now the news is official, and from the short clip, we know that he will indeed be sporting the orange and blue color scheme seen in the comics.

Later in the interview, Johns reassured fans that “We’re trying to take a really hard look at everything to make sure we stay true to the characters and tell stories that celebrate them."

Deathstroke has been featured in a number of memorable plotlines over the years, and we've listed a few stories that could work well in the upcoming film.

The Batman solo feature isn't expected before 2018. As for Justice League, it hits theaters on November 16th, 2017.