DC Giving Joe Manganiello's 'Deathstroke' His Own Movie, With a Director in Talks

Gina Carbone

The Warner Bros./DC universe keeps expanding and contracting in exciting but confusing ways.

The latest news, out of TheWrap, says "The Raid" director Gareth Evans is in "early discussions" to both write and direct a "Deathstroke" film.

Joe Manganiello is attached to star, TheWrap added, just like he was attached to play Deathstroke as the villain of "The Batman" with Ben Affleck.Then Affleck stepped down as director, and Matt Reeves was hired and scrapped Affleck's draft to start over. It was unclear what would happen to Deathstroke in the new draft of "The Batman," but now it sounds like the assassin is getting upgraded to his own project.

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According to TheWrap, Gareth Evans had passed on directing "Justice League Dark," but his "Deathstroke" pitch impressed DC execs enough for them to give a greenlight for a spinoff film.

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The report did not come with quotes from Evans or Manganiello, and it does seem to be pretty early in the game.

But it's never too early for fans to react to the idea of a Deathstroke movie: