At one time, there were a string of DC Comics films from Warner Bros. that were officially announced in development stages but ultimately never came together. One of those potential films was a solo Deathstroke film from action director Gareth Evans.
We now know the angle the filmmaker was attempting to take the the DC character.
Yahoo! was able to speak with director Gareth Evans (The Raid 1-2) to promote his series Gangs of London and revealed some details about how he was planning on approaching his solo Deathstroke film starring Joe Manganiello.
EVANS: “Back then, I was massively influenced by the noir films coming out of South Korea, so that was my pitch. I was like, these films are amazing: the texture, and the tones of colours, the grit and the aggression of them is super interesting to use to tell Deathstroke’s story.”
“I’ll be the first one to admit it, I’m not a massive comic book or superhero fan, but something about Deathstroke interested me. I did some reading into it – not enough to make real hardcore fanboys happy – but I tried my best to consume as much as I could in the time that I was on it, for a bit.”
“I’ve spoken to Joe Manganiello, who was attached to star as Deathstroke. I spoke to him a while back, and we both lamented the fact that it didn’t happen. But yeah, I don’t really have much more than that, in terms of anything lately on it.”
“The plan was, I wanted to tell something that would be a lean story, that would be kind of an origin of that character. Something that felt like it could be 100 minutes or 110 minutes long, max – not to go over the two hour period with it.”
Gareth Evans is still interested in coming back to the project but it doesn’t sound like there is any current interest in a Deathstroke film anytime soon.
EVANS: “We had some pretty bold ideas there that could have been really visceral and really fun. But, yeah, I don’t know. Who knows? They might come back again in five or ten years time, you never know.”
“I don’t know what exactly happened. I think there might have been a change of personnel, as happens quite a lot in big US studios. I think that project just stopped being a priority for them. It never really went further than two or three phone calls. I’ve never heard anything since, so I just presumed that project was either on the back burner somewhere, or someone else might be doing it.”
We don’t when or where we’ll see Deathstroke again, but there is a chance that Matt Reeves’ Batman trilogy could end up using the villain down the road.
I also think Slade Wilson could be a DC character worthy of getting a Joker-type standalone film.