It had all gone very quiet for Deathstroke. Following the teaser on Twitter that seemed to promise that Joe Manganiello would be bringing the character to life in Ben Affleck’s solo Batman movie, the DC assassin’s big screen future was put in doubt when Affleck moved away from the director’s chair and Matt Reeves took over and started re-writing the script.
However, it turns out that he might have just been biding his time. The Wrap reports that a solo movie for the character is in development and that Manganiello is still attached. The most exciting part of this announcement is that The Raid writer-director Gareth Evans is reportedly in early talks to write and direct the film.
The site does note that there are no signed deals for either Evans or Manganiello, but we’d be very interested to see what Evans could bring to this movie. He’s got an incredible gift for action cinema, and we can’t wait to see his new cult thriller Apostle when it finally arrives.
They also point out that Evans apparently passed on directing Justice League Dark, which is a sad reminder that that project is still without a director. Poor Justice League Dark.
In the meantime, we may or may not see Manganiello as Deathstroke in The Batman, and Arrow fans will tell you that he’s played by Manu Bennett in The CW’s show.
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