Report: Gareth Evans in talks to direct stand-alone Deathstroke movie with Joe Manganiello

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Mar 26, 2021, 11:00 AM EDT (Updated)

Gareth Evans is in talks to direct a stand-alone Deathstroke movie, with Joe Manganiello (True Blood, Magic Mike) attached to star, The Wrap reports. While nothing is set in stone, consider this yet the latest turn in the DC Universe's Deathstroke drama.

Originally, Deathstroke was reportedly set to be the main villain in The Batman stand-alone film. When Ben Affleck decided not to direct the film, Matt Reeves stepped in and tossed out Affleck's script. Manganiello had signed up to play Deathstroke, but apparently he is no longer in Reeves' script.

Evans, meanwhile, was supposedly offered the chance to direct Justice League Dark, but he passed. However, he apparently had a great pitch for a Deathstroke film. The DC executives reportedly liked it enough that now Evans has the inside track to write and direct the film.

Deathstroke was created by Marv Wolfman and George Perez in 1980 as a villain for Teen Titans. He was so popular that he soon began appearing as an antagonist for other DC characters, including Batman. He is a mercenary and assassin who got his power when the U.S. military tried to turn him into a metahuman. The character sometimes shows up as Slade Wilson on CW's Arrow.

The Welsh director is best known for The Raid: Redemption and The Raid 2, well-received action films that he wrote and directed and whose action scenes he choreographed. He is currently working on Apostle, a thriller about a man trying to save his sister from a religious cult.