About a year ago we heard that Gareth Evans (‘The Raid’) was in heavy talks to direct ‘Deathstroke‘ for DC and Warner Bros. With that much time having gone by, one would hope that the film was in pre-production and chugging right along at this point. That doesn’t appear to be the case. Unless Warner Bros. and DC have signed on another director for the film, it looks like nothing has moved forward on ‘Deathstroke’ in that time. Fans of Slade Wilson might have been hoping that Joe Manganiello would once again be suiting up as the character soon, but it almost feels like the project may have stalled out.
According to Evans:
“Nothing really went beyond those conversations. I haven’t heard anything for a really long time. To be honest, every time I see an article written I keep wanting to ask, ‘Okay, what is it you guys know that I don’t know?’ Because I haven’t heard anything for a good while yet. So I don’t know if that will ever come back full circle at some point. But I know I haven’t had any conversation about that project for a long time now.”
With a considerable shake-up as to who was in charge of Warner Bros. when it came to DC properties earlier this year, it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see the film having been canceled or pushed back. There have been various reports since the initial talks with Evans that the film was moving forward, but it seems like the potential director has been completely cut out of the loop. With other darker films having been cut from the studio’s release slate, it wouldn’t surprise me if this one had been as well. As the studio seems to have switched entirely from Zack Snyder’s version for their future films, it is likely that the groundwork for ‘Deathstroke’ has been destroyed. That doesn’t mean we won’t see a ‘Deathstroke’ happen, just that their original idea for it may no longer in the cards.
Are you annoyed that the development for ‘Deathstroke’ appears to have come to a standstill? Is there still room in the DC cinematic universe for the character with everything else the studio is putting together? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
Source: Comic Book