WB / DC Wants The Raid Director, Gareth Evans, For A Deathstroke Spin-off Movie.
Last year, Ben Affleck released test footage of the DC mercenary for hire / villain, Deathstroke, teasing fans of the potential antagonist to his upcoming Batman solo film (Which Affleck was set to write / direct at the time). Not long after, it was revealed that Deathstroke, AKA Slade Wilson would be played by actor Joe Manganiello (Magic Mike, True Blood).
— Ben Affleck (@BenAffleck) August 29, 2016
However, as we all know, Ben Affleck stepped down from Directing duties (replaced by Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves). This along with a behind the scenes shift at DC film division, which included Joss Whedon taking over as Director for Justice League (a film Deathstroke was rumored to be introduced in) led to many believing the character would be sidelined for a while.
Thankfully that wasn’t too long as now The Wrap is reporting that a solo Deathstroke film is in the works, and WB is in talks with The Raid director, Gareth Evans to helm the project. This is great news for fans of the character, as the Director is known for his intense action martial arts films while also giving us a reasonably good story.
Deathstroke was created by George Pérez and Marv Wolfman, and though many see him as a Batman villain, he has actually been more synonymous with the Teen Titans (his first appearance was in Teen Titans #2 back in 1990). The character went on to be a major recurring player in the popular Teen Titans animated series and has been incredibly popular in the CW’s ARROW (played by Manu Bennett).
We don’t know much about the project, neither Joe Manganiello or Gareth Edwards have officially signed on, and there’s no conformation that the project itself has been green-lit. Could it even be possible that this will be one of the projects slated for DC’s upcoming separate universe of films (not connected to the current slate)? Only time will tell. But I will say one thing, this is the first true DC project in a while that I am legitimately excited for.