The Raid director Gareth Evans has clarified his involvement with the Deathstroke film starring Joe Manganiello, a project he was reportedly in talks to helm.
Last year, it was reported that Evans was in talks to direct a Deathstroke standalone film with Manganiello attached to star. Manganiello was set to play Deathstroke in Ben Affleck’s The Batman before Matt Reeves boarded the project. However, Manganiello did appear in the post-credits scene of Justice League teasing the Legion of Doom. With no recent news on the film, Evans revealed to Comicbook.com how he got involved with the project to begin with:
“I had a phone call which I think was publicized a bit, about Deathstroke with DC. We talked about that before, we had a few conversations. One of the guys at DC and at Warner Brothers, one with Joe, who has been on the character for some time now, who is super passionate about that character, by the way. I’ve never met anyone who knows more about their character.”
Evans admitted he wasn’t familiar with the Deathstroke and talked about his research and his interest in the character:
“I was feeling my way around it and did a bit of research and read a couple of those comic books. I started to dig in to the origin stories. I like to figure out what the origin of a character is and what shapes them, what paints them as a personality. There’s been a few iterations, actually, of his origin, which is interesting to see. There was the original way his character was created and then there’s been a few creative licenses taken in terms of how he lost his eye, for example, and stuff like that. So, it was an interesting sort of experience.”
It now seems that Evans is no longer attached to the Deathstroke film, with the director saying he hasn’t talked about the project with anyone for a while:
“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.”
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