Gareth Evans confirms that he definitely isn’t attached to the DC Extended Universe’s Deathstroke and currently isn’t working on movie based on the sharp-shooting mercenary.
Deathstroke briefly popped up in the post-credits scene of Zack Snyder and Joss Whedon’s Justice League when Joe Manganiello made his debut as Slade Wilson. The scene teased Deathstroke’s future with the franchise and the formation of the Injustice League, however, Evans wants to set the record straight about his involvement with Deathstroke.
Speaking to ComicBook, Evans explained, “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.”
Despite his lack of involvement with the project, Evans had praise for Manganiello’s devotion to playing the character. “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 said.
The Raid director admitted that although he wasn’t familiar with Deathstroke before speaking to Warner Bros., he subsequently did some research. Fascinated by the various origin stories DC has given Deathstroke since his introduction in 1980, Evans said he particularly liked the idea of exploring the character’s backstory and how he famously lost his eye. Evans said that he’d thought of a few Deathstroke concepts but never got past the planning stages. Though he described it as a “fascinating experience”, he doesn’t seem too disheartened that he isn’t officially part of the studio’s plans.
Discussing the possibility of being officially attached to Deathstroke somewhere down the line, Evans said he wasn’t sure if the talks would “come back full circle,” confessing, “I haven’t had any conversation about that project for a long time now.”
Manganiello reassured fans earlier this year that Deathstroke is “in the works,” but as it stands, the Batman spinoff joins a long list of movies like Suicide Squad, The Flash and Nightwing that remain on Warner Bros.’ horizon for now.
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