That DEATHSTROKE Film From Gareth Evans And Joe Manganiello Might Not Be Happening Anytime Soon

On paper, having a live-action film centered around one of the DC Universe's most efficient and lethal fighters directed by the brain behind The Raid films seems like a can't-miss opportunity...

Joe Manganiello recently made headlines with the incredulous reveal that he secured the role of Deathstroke in the Justice League film thanks to some fan art. He's taken to Twitter to clarify since then that the process was much more complicated than that, but the damage has pretty much already been done.  With several misfires and an uncertain future, this revelation is just one of many gaffes originating from the DC Film Universe.

But will the Deathstroke film even happen? Not long ago, it was revealed that Gareth Evans (The Raid and The Raid 2) was set to direct the film but his recent social media posts with fans seem to imply that his schedule is locked tight until 2020, working on other projects.  

However, it's not all doom and gloom for the Deathstroke movie. Manganiello recently appeared on Chris Hardwick's new podcast, ID10T (formerly The Nerdist Podcast) to reveal that he has at least had a facetime chat with Evans.

"There were talks with Gareth Evans and talks of an origin movie.  I'm not giving news, this was [already out there].  But I spent 6 months prior to all of those phone calls, writing a backstory, which was turned into 16-pages, which was turned into a treatment, which led to my skype call with Gareth."

Based on the above statement, it sounds as if it's Manganiello whose steering the ship on the project and if the studio decides to move forward and Evans is unavailable, don't be surprised if another director is hired.

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