Since Ben Affleck’s script for The Batman was scrapped, it was a no-brainer that Deathstroke was no longer the main villain in the standalone film. Furthermore, it seemed like Matt Reeves’s vision for the project didn’t involve the mercenary character.
The hurdles faced by The Batman project, in turn, left out Joe Manganiello’s Deathstroke from the main conversation. Or that’s what it seemed like till recently as it has been confirmed that the mercenary will have his own standalone film.
The news comes from The Wrap’s Umberto Gonzalez who not only confirmed the project but also the director who’s in talks to helm the standalone film. According to the report, ‘The Raid’ director Gareth Evans is in “early discussion” to write and direct the DC movie.
It is still unknown if the spinoff would be part of the DCEU or be one of the projects under the new DC banner. It seems like the movie will be an origin story going by Gonzalez’s recent periscope. the journalist spoke in detail about his 6-7 months hunt for the story.
Evans initially had talks with the studio for Justice League Dark but passed over the deal. But fortunately, the director’s pitch for Deathstroke spinoff was interesting enough for DC executives to move ahead with the project.
No other details are available as of yet but the story has been confirmed by other mainstream news websites such as The Hollywood Reporter. Moreover, Director Evans also shared a picture of a Deathstroke comic on Instagram. It looks like his preparation for the project has already begun.
Fans got their first look at Manganiello’s Deathstroke thanks to Affleck who shared a cryptic tweet featuring the mercenary in a video. The footage showed the villain walking out of what looks like the Flying Fox and speculations grew that the scene could have been part of the Justice League. Fans can find the video below.
— Ben Affleck (@BenAffleck) August 29, 2016
Source: The Wrap
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