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A Deathstroke movie really is still on the way, says actor Joe Manganiello

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Jul 24, 2018, 10:18 AM EDT

The first we saw of Deathstroke (Joe Manganiello) in the DCEU, he was meeting up with Jesse Eisenberg's Lex Luthor during the post-credits sequence of Justice League, which heavily hinted at the appearance of the Legion of Doom. And while we'll hopefully get to see what is essentially the anti-Justice League in future films, Slade Wilson is getting his own standalone film, too, according to the actor who plays him.

“I say ‘it’s in the works’ because it is. There’s nothing further,” Manganiello told MTV during San Diego Comic-Con. “I can't say without speaking out of school. I'm part of a team, I'm a part of a locker room, you don't talk outside the locker room. All I can say is, for the hardcore fans, it’s in the works. They want it, they want the character to happen, it’s just when he happens. They [want to do it the right way]. Everybody's committed to that.”

Created by Marv Wolfman and George Pérez, Deathstroke made his comics debut in 1980's The New Teen Titans #2. Starting off in the military at the age of 16 (he lied about his age), Slade went from Korea to Vietnam, mastering every fighting style known to man. He would later undergo a military experiment that endowed him with superhuman powers, allowing him to become one of the deadliest mercenaries on the planet. As one of the most beloved DC villains in the publisher's history, Deathstroke served as the inspiration for Marvel's Wade Wilson/Deadpool

Before his live-action spinoff, however, Deathstroke will appear in the animated Teen Titans Go! To the Movies (out July 27), where he is voiced by Will Arnett. The next DCEU movie to hit theaters will be James Wan's Aquaman on December 21.