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Joe Manganiello Is Continuing His Preparation For 'The Batman' Even If Nobody Else Is

What is Joe Manganiello doing?

He’s been marching to his own drum throughout the entire debacle surrounding The Batman and Ben Affleck’s fight against DC.

Ben’s been saying from the beginning that the movie won’t start filming for quite some time, because it’s a long way away from being ready. A lot of pre-production goes into a project like this, including the creation of props, the scouting of locations, and, of course, the actual writing of the script.

These aren’t things that you can ignore—you can only film once you’ve got cameras, actors, and equipment on set, otherwise you get an Attack of the Clones crossed with Quantum of Solace, where a tired star stands in front of a green screen and adlibs in a desperate attempt to find something smart to say.

Meanwhile, though everything, Joe Manganiello has insisted that filming will start in early 2017. This time period is rapidly shrinking, but the Magic Mike star will not be deterred.

Now, of course, the movie doesn’t even have a director, making an early 2017 start date even less likely. If there’s one thing you really do need on-set, it’s someone to yell “action” and sit in a little folding chair while wearing a beret.

Clearly nobody has told this to Joe Manganiello, as he’s still pushing forward with the assumption that The Batman will start filming any day now. Seemingly oblivious to everything that’s happened to derail this project in the past few weeks, Manganiello has revealed that he’s currently training to use live swords in anticipation of the start of filming.

What’s more, it sounds like he’s using this whole project as an excuse to learn how to straight up murder as many people as possible with a knife:

“I started katana training recently. Like live sword training and I started meeting with various martial arts teachers and discussing with them. 'Ok, so what are the most offensive styles of martial arts'. Ones where you’re not waiting for someone to attack you but ones where you’re looking to make the attack. Then what are the most deadly ones? Where are the scrolls, the ancient Japanese scrolls that have these really deadly techniques that you don’t teach to the average student out the street? Something that only somebody who would go looking for it that are really really bad, you know, are dangerous. Like, what are those?”


Do yourself a favor – if you see Joe Manganiello on the street, don’t try to stop him. Don’t ask for a selfie. Just keep walking, or that dude will cut your face off. All he needs is an excuse.

What’s weirder (if that’s possible) is that Manganiello keeps insisting that he’s preparing for this performance by diving as deep as he can into the movie’s script.

“Because ultimately the script—that’s my text. I have to play that.”

“I’m looking at the script rather than the comic books.”

“But the script is really like, you know.”

The script is what, Joe? Imaginary?

After all, the reason Ben Affleck left the director’s chair was because DC wouldn’t give him enough time to actually finish the script.

It sounds like Joe is either eagerly grasping (and perhaps tenderly stroking) a rough copy of Ben Affleck’s notes that aren’t actually a coherent screenplay, or that he’s taken it upon himself to invent a “script” in which his character learns the “really deadly techniques” for slicing someone apart in the most excruciating way possible.

There must be some contextual clue that we’re missing here, because as it currently stands, Joe Manganiello sounds like an absolute lunatic.

But do you know what, DC? If you want a new director for The Batman, if you want this movie to start filming immediately, and if you don’t care if the occasional runner gets diced up by a stray throwing star, you could do worse than Joe Manganiello.

As it currently stands, it sounds like he’ll be happy to film this movie himself, in his basement, on his phone.

Surrounding by the tongues of all the martial arts experts who wouldn’t give him their secret scrolls.

Matthew loffhagen

Matthew Loffhagen

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