THE RAID Helmer Gareth Evans in Talks For DEATHSTROKE Movie

DC Comics villain/anti-hero Deathstroke is set to get his own standalone movie, with the folks over at TheWrap bringing word that Welsh filmmaker Gareth Evans (‘The Raid,’ ‘Apostle’) is in talks to direct.

Slade Wilson aka Deathstroke, or commonly referred to as Deathstroke the Terminator, was created by Marv Wolfman and George Perez in 1980 and first appeared in ‘The New Teen Titans #2.’ The character is considered to be the deadliest assassin in the DC universe, and rightfully so as the super enhanced antagonist has taken down Batman multiple times in the comics.

Last year it was announced that Joe Manganiello (‘True Blood,’ ‘Magic Mike’’) was set to play Deathstroke in Ben Affleck’s standalone Batman outing. However, that was when Affleck was writing and directing, and when Matt Reeves came on board he decided to overhaul the project, leaving Deathstroke’s role in the DC Extended Universe up in the air.

According to the trade, Evans impressed the executives over at DC with his pitch for a standalone Deathstroke movie that the company decided to put their money behind a spinoff focused on the villain/anti-hero with Manganiello in the role.

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