Joe Manganiello had given up playing Deathstroke before getting call from Zack Snyder

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Joe Manganiello had given up playing Deathstroke ever again before getting a call from director Zack Snyder.

The Magic Mike star was stunned to be given the opportunity to play the DC Comics villain in the filmmaker's long-awaited cut of the 2017 film Justice League after three projects he had been involved in had failed to get the green light.

Manganiello made a brief appearance as Deathstroke in the superhero blockbuster, helmed by Joss Whedon, in which he teased the possibility of a Justice League sequel, which subsequently never happened.

"A lot of people don't realise I actually wasn't technically a part of the original Justice League. I was cast in Ben Affleck's Batman to play the villain, and we shot a scene to tease our mashup that was going to appear at the end of the film," he told Entertainment Tonight.

Affleck was due to direct and star in his own standalone Batman movie, with Manganiello's Deathstroke in line to play the film's villain, but that project was abandoned after the actor/director dropped out.

"Once Batman got cancelled, I kind of wrote it off and thought, 'This is over.' I had actually shifted gears and started working with the studio on an origin film for Deathstroke," he explained, revealing that he had teamed up with director Gareth Evans to explore the origins of Deathstroke.

"It was its own separate story, so it isn't necessarily a part of that universe. It was its own separate part. That also didn't happen. So, I just let it go," he added.

He was then due to play Deathstroke in a Suicide Squad sequel, which also didn't happen, but he was given the chance to reprise the role once again when Snyder was given the go-ahead to release his version of Justice League.

"It was this call out of nowhere, four and half years later, asking me if I wanted to put the suit back on. I had ideas and things that I wanted to do with Deathstroke and although I would appear briefly in this new version, I wanted to start placing those things, in case," he teased.