Warner Bros. is in talks with The Raid director Gareth Evans to helm Deathstroke, the latest in-development DC film. Early on in production (and back when Ben Affleck was still directing The Batman), a tease came out that Deathstroke would be introduced in Justice League - which is the next film on the DC movie release docket.
Deathstroke was at the time lined up to serve as the main villain in The Batman, but plans may have changed now that Matt Reeves is directing that film. This was bad news for Joe Manganiello, who was already cast in the role, but it looks like his fortunes may have changed.
The Wrap is reporting that Warner Bros. is now developing a Deathstroke solo movie starring Manganiello, but that is not all. According to this report, the studio is in talks with The Raid director Gareth Evans to helm the film. It is still early, so this deal might not go through. That said, Evans' background and knack for crafting memorable action sequences make him an ideal choice to bring Slade Wilson to life on the big screen.
The formation of a Deathstroke movie may be surprising to many, and it appears it should be. The Wrap's report states that Evans initially met with WB about doing Justice League Dark but chose to pass instead. However, Evans used the meeting as a chance to pitch his idea for a Deathstroke solo movie, and it impressed the studio so much, they decided to further develop the movie because of Evans' pitch - and he's clearly a big fan of the character: