The development of a Batman movie featuring Ben Affleck as the Caped Crusader has been rocky to say the least. That doesnâ€™t meant the cast isnâ€™t excited for it though. Joe Manganiello, who was cast as Deathstroke, recently stated the movie doesnâ€™t have a set date to begin shootingÂ but it will be soon.
In an interview with Robert Irvine Magazine, Manganiello talked about the negativity surrounding the project with script issues and the turbulent process it went through in securing a director after Ben Affleck dropped out.
â€œEveryone involved wants to make this the best film possible, so thatâ€™s really what itâ€™s about,â€ Manganiello said. â€œItâ€™s funny how the media likes to run with, â€˜Oh thereâ€™s trouble!â€™ â€˜Oh, the script needs to be revised!â€™ Theyâ€™re drama queens. Thereâ€™s a creative process, and everyone on the cast and crew wants to make this the best movie possible. So thatâ€™s what weâ€™re gonna do. When we start shooting it, weâ€™ll start shooting it. It will be soon, I can say that. Hereâ€™s the thing: No one wants to create that superhero movie thatâ€™s polarizing to fans and critics. Rest assured, weâ€™re gonna do this thing right.â€
Heâ€™s probably referring to Batman v. Superman when talking about polarizing films. The first movie to feature Ben Affleck as Batman garnered negative reviews but was a substantial box office hit. Everyone involved with The Batman doesnâ€™t want it to follow the same fate as its predecessor.
Manganiello goes on to mention a possible date for the shooting to begin, but isnâ€™t definitive about it.
â€œLast year, I said May and that was my understanding,â€ Manganiello said. â€œIt depends. They have big plans for this movie. Whether or not we start exactly on that date or in June, whatever it is, it doesnâ€™t matter. Hereâ€™s the thing: The creative process needs to be respected and no one involved in this film wants to make anything less than an unbelievable film, a legendary film.â€