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‘True Blood’ Star Wants to Make ‘the Fight Club of Superhero Movies’

Joe Manganiello is no stranger to the superhero game. The True Blood actor played Flash Thompson in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man, and later auditioned for Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel. He didn’t win the Superman role, but now Manganiello’s name has been connected to Bruce Wayne in the upcoming Man of Steel sequel.

Based on the actor’s recent comments, however, it doesn’t look likely that he would accept the Batman role, even if it’s offered. Speaking with MTV at Comic-Con, the man behind Alcide Herveaux revealed he only has one superhero aspiration these days.

“I want to do something that’s a real deconstruction of the genre,” Manganiello said. “There’s so many superhero projects out there that it’s almost like they’re becoming normal, so I want to do one that just flips it on its head and makes it crazy. I want to make the Fight Club of superhero movies.”

Depending on how much Snyder leans on The Dark Knight Returns for his Man of Steel sequel, perhaps Batman falls in line with Manganiello’s Fight Club-fueled superhero dreams — but I wouldn’t count on it.


  • JackParty PosinCinnamond

    It’ll never happen…..the first rule of Fight Club is to never speak of Fight Club. How can he make a movie about it if he isn’t loyal!


    Wait, didn’t they already do a deconstruction, or are we not allowed to count Watchmen?

  • Peter

    The best choices would be X-Statix for its satirical tendencies, Milligan and Fegredo’s Enigma for its non-linearity and metafiction, or just a straight-up adaptation of Marvel Two-In-One #86 for its potential to completely subvert expectations of “big third-act fight” being the only way to do super-hero movies.

    Or hey, maybe something completely original! That would subvert expectations the most.

  • Vincent Clarke

    I think the Ennis book “The Boys” is probably more in line with what he’s talking about.

  • kalorama

    I don’t care what he says he want to do, I’m betting there’s pretty much zero chance of him turning down the role of Batman if it was offered to him. But since there’s probably zero chance of it being offered to him, it’s likely all moot.

  • John

    He’s not really the type of actor who could work on The Boys, but he would make a fantastic Plutonian

  • Darryl M.

    I would say Kick-Ass is the deconstruction of superhero movies or “the Fight Club of superhero movies.”

  • Lyle

    I was thinking Watchmen and Kick Ass was a deconstruction also. This all seems so weird to me, because it took years to do deconstructed superheroes in comics, and, in movies, it’s all coming out at exactly the same time as the regular superhero stuff. And, lets fact it, most deconstructive stuff has turned into nothing more than nihilistic adolescent power fantasies where the writers think they’re relevant because they make the heroes swear and stuff explodes and, most shocking of all, heroes die. I’ve even been turned off by The Boys because of this, and that is something written with some intelligence (along with heroes swearing and lots of explosions and heroes dying).

  • notthistime

    Not to mention the Dark Knight. That film changed the game.