The Batman’s Deathstroke reveals his intense training regime: "kung fu, qiqong, and cutting with a live katana blade"

The Batman may have had its fair share of upheaval recently – a new director, plus a new script – but one constant, other than Bats himself, has remained: Joe Manganiello as Deathstroke. He’s been speaking about playing the hotshot baddie, and the intense weapons training he’s gone through in preparation for the role.

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Total Film Magazine spoke to Manganiello, who is upbeat about the upcoming movie, despite the recent uncertainty, “I’m very excited,” Manganiello said before explaining his training regime, “I just started kung fu, qiqong and cutting with a live katana blade. That’s been a lot of fun.” I’d be excited too if I was getting paid to mess around with a katana!

Manganiello also wants audiences to see his side of things – a welcome change from the two-dimensional villains of comic book movie past: “These characters mean so much to people and there’s a real opportunity to polarise an audience or have them walk away maybe not agreeing with my character but understanding why he does what he does”, Manganiello adds, “That’s a fun challenge.”

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Bradley Russell

I'm the Senior Entertainment Writer here at GamesRadar+, focusing on news, features, and interviews with some of the biggest names in film and TV. On-site, you'll find me marveling at Marvel and providing analysis and room temperature takes on the newest films, Star Wars and, of course, anime. Outside of GR, I love getting lost in a good 100-hour JRPG, Warzone, and kicking back on the (virtual) field with Football Manager. My work has also been featured in OPM, FourFourTwo, and Game Revolution.