Joe Manganiello (“Magic Mike (Blu-ray)“) has reportedly been cast as Deathstroke the Terminator for the anticipated 2016 comic book adaptation according to Cinema Blend.
Manganiello is cool, rugged and exudes power. As much as I like Henry Cavill as Superman, Manganiello would have been my choice to play The Man of Steel. That said, there’s still another character Manganiello is better suited for in the DCU – Captain Marvel/Shazam. He’s got the look and is just big, brawny and outgoing enough to pull off the role with ease.
And having Manganiello headline his own film might be the easiest way for DC/Warners to bring in a sizable female audience for one of their comic book films. As “Arrow” continues to prove on the CW, frequently showcasing the actor’s physiques is a surefire way to keep the women watching.
Beyond feeling like Manganiello is better-suited for other characters, I’m a bit worried that DC/Warners doesn’t fully comprehend what made Deathstroke such a great character in George Perez and Marv Wolfman’s “Teen Titans” series.
Yeah, he’s older, but thanks to special experiments, he’s more than capable of beating a squad of super-powered teens. [For Deathstroke at his best check out The New Teen Titans: The Judas Contract] Casting a brawny, big dude kinda goes against that.
My choice? Stephen Lang from “Avatar.” [check it out here: Avatar (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray/ DVD Combo Pack)] He’s got the look of Deathstroke and can handle physical roles just fine even at 62. Besides, if George Lucas can make a 70+ Christopher Lee fight Jedi Knights in the “Star Wars” prequels, Lang would do just fine.
In other casting news, Joel Kinnaman (“RoboCop [Blu-ray]“) confirmed reports he will be replacing Tom Hardy as Rick Flag. That’s a solid replacement and I heartily approve that choice. Kinnaman is still awaiting his big movie breakout role and working alongside Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jared Leto, Viola Davis and Jai Courtney will only help raise his stock.
“Suicide Squad” comes to theaters Aug. 5, 2016.