How Deathstroke fits into DC's Suicide Squad film (and who is probably playing him)

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Jun 26, 2015, 4:17 PM EDT (Updated)

The star-studded DC project Suicide Squad features just about every comic baddie we know and love — and a True Blood star could take on one of the greatest.

Cinema Blend reports that a “source close to the production” has told them Joe Manganiello (True Blood) has “all but locked up” the part of Slade Wilson/Deathstroke in the villain-centric spinoff film. Take it with a grain of salt until it's confirmed, but it makes some sense. In a film already loaded with everyone from Deadshot (Will Smith) to the Joker (Jared Leto), one of DC’s most formidable mercenaries should fit in nicely.

Latino-Review has some additional intel that implies Deathstroke could be the "breakout and choicest" role in the film. According to their report, Deathstroke is working for villain Onslaught and is arguably the most badass character in the movie — and nearly takes out the entire Suicide Squad at once during their first encounter. This is apparently a "pre-super villain" take on the character, meaning it'll almost certainly set up an eventual return in a future DC film. It also sounds like they're sticking with his classic comic look, which is encouraging.

Manganiello definitely has the physique to pull off Deathstroke, but we have to wonder if his pretty-boy good looks will fit the role. The character already exists in the Arrow-verse on The CW, and is played perfectly by Manu Bennett. Seriously, that was arguably one of the most spot-on casting moves the hit superhero series has made. Bennett has stretched out some extremely large shoes that’ll need to be filled on the big screen.

Also of note: Manganiello has already worked with Suicide Squad director David Ayer in the 2014 action flick Sabotage, and flirted with the superhero world a decade or so ago as Flash Thompson in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man franchise.

Do you think Manganiello would be a good fit as Deathstroke? Is this movie getting a bit too crowded?

(Via Cinema Blend, Latino Review)