The Raid director Gareth Evans has clarified his involvement and teased his take on the Deathstroke film starring Joe Manganiello, a project he was reportedly in talks to helm.
Last year, it was reported Evans was in talks to direct a Deathstroke standalone film with Manganiello attached to star. Manganiello was set to play Deathstroke as the villain of Ben Affleck’s The Batman before Matt Reeves boarded the project. However, Manganiello did appear in the post-credits scene of Justice League which teased the Legion of Doom. With no recent news on the standalone film, Evans revealed to The Hollywood Reporter that he isn’t really involved with the project anymore:
“I had a phone call a long time ago about it, I had a follow-up call where I spoke to Joe [Manganiello] about it, and really nothing else since. I saw an awful lot of reporting on it! I saw a lot of articles. But I think wherever the articles came from, they know more about it than I do to be perfectly blunt.”
Evans also went on to talk about why he was interested Deathstroke and his treatment of the film embracing the character’s dark history, likening it to a Korean noir film:
“It was an opportunity for me to do something different from what’s out there at the moment quite lean, quite mean in that way, and be something that wasn’t afraid to go to some pretty dark places, because that character has some pretty dark history about him.”
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Source: The Hollywood Reporter