Joe Manganiello was Actually in the Running for These 7 Awesome Roles
July 26, 2018
Every comic-book fan is talking about
at the moment, thanks to a little event known as Joe Manganiello Comic-Con. Earlier this week, the 41-year-old babe hit up the convention in San Diego, California and comic-book fans went CRAZY, as he’s tapped to star as one of the leading supervillains in the DC Comics universe in multiple flicks (more on that later).
So, keeping that in mind, we couldn’t help but wonder about all the roles JM could’ve filled. Turns out, he was actually in the running for at least SEVEN awesome roles. And here they all are, for your viewing pleasure:
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Before Joe was cast as Flash Thompson, the bully in the OG
Spider-Man with Tobey Maguire, he tried out to play the bull ied leading male character.
"I actually initially auditioned for Peter Parker as well," he told
. "All the guys auditioned." IMDb
"I'm a huge comic book nerd," he continued. "I wore my glasses and I had a button-down shirt, and I came in and read for Peter Parker, knowing full well" that he wouldn't get the part 'cause, it's, like, "If I'm Peter, then who's Flash? Like, a lineman from the Dallas Cowboys or something."
He said the casting director told him, "You're great, [but] you're totally wrong for this part. There's this other part in the movie that you're right for." This led to his audition for Flash, and the rest is history.
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Man of Steel
While on MTV's podcast,
, Joe revealed just how close he was to portraying Superman in Happy Sad Confused Zack Snyder's Man of Steel.
"I met with Zack. I had an hour and a half long meeting with Zack, which is what was causing all the trouble... I went ahead and met with casting, and then they all brought me over to meet Zack. I met the producers, I met with Jon Jashni and Thomas Tull at Legendary, I met everybody — everybody involved — and then finally sat down with Zack for an hour and a half and had a big conversation about the character and where it was going, et cetera. Then they called the
True Blood costume shop for my measurements to build my suit and that's what caused — that's when it stopped."
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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
In the followup film to
Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Superman (played by Henry Cavill) faced off against Batman. And you can bet that the competition to play the Caped Crusader was FIERCE.
, Hollywood heavyweights such as The Hollywood Reporter Josh Brolin and Ryan Gosling were considered, as well as Matthew Goode, Richard Armitage, Max Martini and, of course, Joe Manganiello. However, it was Ben Affleck who beat 'em all. Merp.
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There were a lot of rumors surrounding
Suicide Squad prior to filming, many of which involved Joe. Some reports suggested that he was tapped to portray Slade Wilson/Deathstroke in the Will Smith-led superhero flick; followup rumors claimed that actor Jim Parrack would replace him. But when pictures first surfaced of the cast, Joe, as well as the character of Deathstroke, was noticeably absent.
finally put an end to all of the rumors on April 8, 2015, tweeting, "To the #SS rumor mill, that's not the character I was in talks for, nor was I replaced by anyone. Never signed on. #DontBelieveTheHype"
So... that means he
was in talks for a Suicide Squad character... just not Deathstroke.
BUT, he did have a cameo appearance as the character at the end of
Justice League and, get this, Joe's reportedly tapped to play Slade Wilson/Deathstroke in a solo Batman film, as well as in Justice League Part Two AND in a solo Deathstroke flick. "I say, 'It's in the works,' because it is and there's nothing further that I can say without speaking out of school," he told about the solo production, 'because I'm part of a team, I'm a part of a locker room — you don't talk outside the locker room. But all I can say is, for the hardcore fans, it's in the works. They want the character to happen, it's just when he happens." MTV News
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Different Werewolf Role,
Joe caught his big break in 2010, starring as werewolf Alcide Herveaux on HBO's hit vampire series,
True Blood — but that wasn't the role he originally read for...
"My first audition was for a different werewolf role," he told
. "It was me, ten inches away from the casting director, growling in her face. It felt great. They called me back in and said they wanted me to read again, but this time for the part of Alcide. Since I was a fan of the series and had already read all the books, I knew this was a bigger role, and was totally overwhelmed when I got it." Interview magazine
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It's hard to picture Joe portraying the same role as
Oliver Hudson on Scream Queens. And yet, that's exactly what was supposed to happen. The hunky actor was originally tapped to portray Wes Gardner on the Fox horror-comedy, but reportedly had to bow out because of his commitment to promote Magic Mike XXL internationally.
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Richard 'Rip' Taggart,
In 2016, Joe was due to portray Richard 'Rip' Taggart in History's military action-drama
Six, which followed the brotherhood of Navy SEAL Team Six. Unfortunately, according to , the 6'5" star had to pull out of the project due to a "health issue," which was considered a "very manageable pre-existing condition." The star was reportedly fine, but given the physical demands of the production, he couldn't continue shooting. Variety
Eventually, Joe's part was recast with
Walton Goggins filling his shoes.