UPDATE: Director Gareth Evans recently spoke to Comicbook.com confirming that his involvement with ‘Deathstroke’ is simply a conversation he had with DC and Warner Bros. execs with nothing moving forward since:
“I had a phone call which I think was publicized a bit, about Deathstroke with DC. We talked about that before, we had a few conversations. One of the guys at DC and at Warner Brothers, one with Joe, who has been on the character for some time now, who is super passionate about that character, by the way. I’ve never met anyone who knows more about their character.” He added, “Nothing really went beyond those conversations. I haven’t heard anything for a really long time. To be honest, every time I see an article written I keep wanting to ask, ‘Okay, what is it you guys know that I don’t know?’ Because I haven’t heard anything for a good while yet. So I don’t know if that will ever come back full circle at some point. But I know I haven’t had any conversation about that project for a long time now.”
Lets cross our fingers that Evans is still onboard once Warner Bros. decides to move forward with the project.
UPDATE: During the red carpet premiere of ‘Rampage’, star JOE MANGANIELLO revealed to Variety that DEATHSTROKE is definitely still “in the works”.
— Variety (@Variety) April 5, 2018
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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