UPDATE: During the red carpet premiere of ‘Rampage’, star JOE MANGANIELLO revealed to Variety that DEATHSTROKE is definitely still “in the works”.

Best known for introducing audiences to the groundbreaking martial arts action film ‘The Raid’, director GARETH EVANS is hitting the big leagues in the comic book world as he is in talks to helm DC’s DEATHSTROKE!

‘Deathstroke’ was previously planned to be a villain in the upcoming ‘Batman’ solo flick, but once Matt Reeves took over as director everything was thrown out the water with a new script in place. Actor JOE MANGANIELLO (Sabotage) was cast to play ‘Slade Wilson’ aka ‘Deathstroke’ at the time and now it looks like he will be getting his own solo film instead. This is all thanks to Evans impressing DC executives with his pitch that the company decided to go forward with a spinoff film.

Created by Marv Wolfman and George Perez, ‘Deathstroke’ is a mercenary and assassin who first appeared in “The New Teen Titans” #2 back in 1980.

‘Deathstroke’ taking down his targets with ‘The Raid’ style mayhem? Take my money.

Stay tuned for more details.

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