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Director Gareth Evans' possible Deathstroke movie would 'go to some pretty dark places'

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Oct 11, 2018, 10:50 PM EDT

As DC's feature films are still struggling to find their footing, and currently banking on the success of James Wan's upcoming Aquaman, director Gareth Evans has some thoughts on how he'd make a Deathstroke movie his own. 

The character first appeared in one of the post-credits scenes in last year's Justice League. Played by Joe Manganiello, he boards a yacht where Jesse Eisenberg's Lex Luthor is waiting for him, and the two plant the seeds of the Legion of Doom. Since then, Evans has been considered the frontrunner to direct Deathstroke in a movie of his own. 

Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, the man behind The Raid franchise, as well as the upcoming Netflix horror film Apostle, shared what his take on the iconic Batman villain would be.

"It was an opportunity for me to do something different from what's out there at the moment," Evans explained. "[It's] quite lean, quite mean in that way, and [would] be something that wasn't afraid to go to some pretty dark places, because that character has some pretty dark history about him."

This idea of doing something different echoes something he said when he spoke to SYFY WIRE after the Apostle premiere at this year's Fantastic Fest. There, he talked about how he wanted his horror flick, out on Netflix tomorrow, to subvert the expectations; that the guy who made The Raid had a new movie that wouldn't feature a lot of mixed martial arts and over-the-top action sequences. 

Granted, his direction for Deathstroke sounds like he'd readily embrace both of those things, but likely with that grounded sensibility that he's known for. The caveat, however, is that the movie isn't exactly being fast-tracked. In fact, it's been quite a while since he's had any conversations about it at all. 

What do you hope to see out of a potential Deathstroke movie? Let us know in the comments.