Now that it seems the movie won’t be made, director Gareth Evans has opened up about his planned Deathstroke film, which would have starred Joe Manganiello in the title role.
“I was actually quite enthused and excited about [Deathstroke] back in the day, when it was first pitched to me. I met with them, and talked to them about it, and was certainly attached to it at a certain point,” Evans told Yahoo. “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.”
Though the film didn’t go far, Evans put together a story concept that would have told Deathstroke’s origin in a “lean” story with a manageable runtime.
“The plan was, I wanted to tell something that would be a lean story, that would be kind of an origin of that character,” Evans explained. “Something that felt like it could be 100 minutes or 110 minutes long, max – not to go over the two hour period with it.”
Manganiello was actually introduced as a version of the character in the post-credits scene of 2017’s Justice League.
“I’ve spoken to Joe Manganiello, who was attached to star as Deathstroke,” Evans said. “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.”