'Deathstroke' Movie in the Works With 'The Raid' Helmer Gareth Evans

The Welsh filmmaker is reportedly in talks to direct the upcoming film focusing on the DC villain, with Joe Manganiello attached to star.

AceShowbiz - DC supervillain Deathstroke is getting his own solo movie. TheWrap has reported that Warner Bros. Pictures is developing the anti-hero film focusing on the one-eyed, gun-toting, sword-swinging assassin whose alter ego is Slade Wilson. The studio is currently in talks with "The Raid" helmer Gareth Evans to serve behind the lens.

%cJoe Manganiello% is set to star in the film as the mercenary. The actor was set to make his debut as the character in this year's "Justice League", but it remains to be seen if he made the final cut of the superhero team-up flick. He was also supposed to be the main antagonist of %cBen Affleck%'s "The Batman", but plans for the film changed after director Matt Reeves boarded the project.

Created by Marv Wolfman and George Perez, Deathstroke is originally the archenemy of the Teen Titans. He's a famous mercenary in the world of DC Comics who has gone toe-to-toe with the Dark Knight on multiple occasions and actually beaten him in hand-to-hand combat more than once. Deathstroke remains one of the most deadly characters in the DCU despite being an old man.

The character has been substantially adapted from the comics into multiple forms of media, including several Batman-related projects and Cartoon Network's "Teen Titans" animated series. The supervillain has also appeared on The CW's live-action TV series "Arrow", on which he is portrayed by %cManu Bennett%.

Welsh helmer Evans is best known for writing and directing the 2011 action film "The Raid" starring %cIko Uwais%. Praised for its unique action sequences and thrilling scenes, the film was acquired for the U.S. distribution by Sony Pictures Classics. The sequel, called "The Raid 2: Berandal", was also written and directed by Evans, and was released in 2014.

Evans' next project is period thriller "Apostle". Starring "Legion" star %cDan Stevens%, it is about a mysterious man who travels to a remote island and attempts to rescue his sister after she's kidnapped by a religious cult. Netflix is distributing the film which also stars %cMichael Sheen%.

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