Zack Snyder's Justice League: Joe Manganiello Shares What He Can About Deathstroke's Role in Cut

By Richard Nebens Updated:
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Now that 2021 is finally drawing closer, the DC fan base is starting to seriously look forward to the imminent release of Zack Snyder’s Director’s Cut of Justice League next year. Particularly, after the public debacle between Ray Fisher and Joss Whedon, along with the multitude of criticisms Whedon received after taking over the film from Snyder, the DC fandom is on pins and needles waiting to see what Snyder’s vision truly becomes.

One of the biggest questions circling the internet right now revolves around how much screen time certain characters will have in this new version of the film. Included among these characters is the noted villain Deathstroke, who was limited to only a post-credits scene in the theatrical cut of the movie. The actor behind Deathstroke recently opened up on what he’s hoping to see in the Snyder Cut as well...


In a new interview with Collider, Deathstroke actor Joe Manganiello was asked if there was anything at all he could say about the upcoming Snyder Cut of Justice League:

"If I was a part of it, it wouldn't be my place to announce that. That would be Zack [Snyder]'s place. Whether or not that's happening... That is an answer that's below my NDA level."

While Manganiello said he couldn’t reveal if he was even in this new cut of the film, he gave this quote when asked if there was anything he’d like to see restored from the original story:

"On my social media, I talked about [how] there was an original end credits sequence that was altered for the release of Justice League. Once Batman was cancelled, they altered that scene. So, here you go, but I wrote about that on my social media. There’s an original scene that will be restored to what it was originally."


Fans were absolutely ecstatic hearing the announcement that Deathstroke would make an appearance in 2017’s Justice League, especially when Manganiello was officially attached to the role, but it ended up being a mere post-credits cameo due to the directorial change. There was also no confirmation that he would ever return to the role once the following Batman solo movie was cancelled, so his future with the franchise is still a mystery.

The actor clearly is still passionate about playing the noted Batman villain, but with so much confusion and so many issues behind the scenes of the DCEU, it’s anybody’s guess as to if he will ever be given the opportunity to explore the character fully. Hopefully, at the very least, his scene from Justice League that he discussed will be included in the Snyder Cut, and maybe that will reignite discussions on his potential return to the DCEU in the future.

- About The Author: Richard Nebens
Richard Nebens joined The Direct in March 2020, now serving as the site's Senior Writer and also working as an assistant editor and content creator. He started his journalism career as a hobby in 2019 and is passionate about sharing news and stories from the entertainment industry, especially comic book movies, comedy, and sci-fi. Richard looks to expand his knowledge about movies and TV every day, and he is eager to stay locked into the latest releases and breaking news at every opportunity.