Although Deathstroke's status in The Batman remains an open question, Warner Bros. is reportedly targeting a solo film for the fan-favorite DC Comics mercenary.
According to TheWrap, The Raid director Gareth Evans is in early discussions to write and helm a Deathstroke movie, with Joe Manganiello eyed to star. No deals have been signed for either Evans or Manganiello.
The True Blood and Magic Mike actor was announced last year to play the character in the Batman solo film, but changes in director, script and scheduling have raised doubts about his involvement.
Asked in July whether he had any information about Deathstroke's status, Manganiello replied, "“I don’t. Well, I do but nothing that I can share. I know everything but I can’t say any of it," and added, “That’s a good question for Warner Bros. and DC.” The news of a Deathstroke film certainly casts those comments in a different light.
Introduced in 1980 by Marvel Wolfman and George Perez in DC Comics' New Teen Titans #2, Deathstroke is Slade Wilson, a mercenary and assassin with enhanced strength, reflexes, agility and healing who purports to use 90 percent of his brain at one time, making him a tactical genius. Originally the archenemy of the Teen Titans, who helped to bring down the team in the seminal "Judas Contract" storyline, Deathstroke has in recent decades become a major player in the DC Universe, where he currently headlines his own title.
Deathstroke has also found widespread popularity beyond comics, with roles on the animated Teen Titans, Young Justice: Invasion and Beware The Batman. He's also been featured prominently on The CW's Arrow, where he's played by Manu Bennett.