Earlier today, it was reported that The Raid: Redemption and The Raid 2 director Gareth Evans is in talks with Warner Bros. and DC Films to helm a film centered on the villain Deathstroke, with Joe Manganiello still attached to play Slade Wilson.
As per usual with the announcement of brand new comic book films in development, fans have voiced their reactions online. For the most part, people are quite intrigued at the idea of an Evans-directed Deathstroke movie with Manganiello starring:
Warner Bros/DC continues to be filmmaker driven. Gareth Evans is strong in stylized, hyperviolent action & is perfect for #Deathstroke.
— Jesabel 👻🦇 (@JesabelRaay) October 25, 2017
— Paul Shirey (@arcticninjapaul) October 25, 2017
— Mike Hope (@MikeHope28) October 25, 2017
Gareth Evans taking on Deathstroke directorial duties which means kinetic action and choreography unlike anything yet seen in a comic flick.
— Ǥ✪ɃɌƗΞŁረપƈﾉቻ𝔈ዪǤɌ✪Ɏ (@GBRIELGRY) October 25, 2017
A Gareth Evans directed Batman vs Deathstroke scene is something I need in my life.
— ᴀᴅᴀᴍ ɪs ᴀʟʟ ɪɴ (@AdamofApokolips) October 25, 2017
Gareth Evans is literally the only reason I'd be interested in a #Deathstroke movie.
— Jordan Maison (@JordanMaison) October 25, 2017
Good Lord, if Gareth Evans does something like the Christopher Priest Deathstroke run but with his action choreography. pic.twitter.com/h6In7Rbfxi
— Scott Stamper (@DerfelTalbot) October 25, 2017
Keep your funny movies.
I'll take a Deathstroke movie by The Raid director. Followed by a Deathstroke and Batman fight. pic.twitter.com/x7Aa1ubLYU
— BATMAN (@Batmancanseeyou) October 25, 2017
— Caleb Williams (@KnightGambit) October 25, 2017
One thing is for sure, the action sequences will be phenomenal due to Evans.
— Connor Behrens (@ConnorFilm) October 25, 2017
Not every reaction online is as excited about this news though. Some fans are questioning why Warner Bros. and DC Films are continuing to explore more standalone films for different characters rather than focusing on future films such as a Man of Steel sequel.
"Gee should we make another Superman film… No… People would rather Deathstroke"
— Ray Devlin (@DEVLIN712) October 25, 2017
How we get no Gotham City Sirens news, be it story, director, or casting, STILL no Flash director, but Deathstroke is getting a whole solo film and we don’t even know if Joe Manganiello is still playing him pic.twitter.com/KADlIpuqHM
— Sydhattan (@DrManhattans) October 25, 2017
And interestingly enough, Twitter user @KillCrites may be thinking of Godzilla director Gareth Edwards in regards to the Deathstroke news:
Deathstroke gets 5 minutes of screentime and it cuts away before every fight scene https://t.co/DZRAJIkRxD
— KillCrites 💀 (@KillCrites) October 25, 2017
Thankfully, there is no need to worry about that prospect. Evans has proven himself as a master of directing some of the most impressive action sequences ever put on cinema. The Raid: Redemption succeeded as a contained, high-stakes thriller with a level of brutality in the violence that is nearly unmatched in most American action films.
Evans would then go on to top all of the action featured in The Raid: Redemption with his magnum opus, The Raid 2 – an expansion upon the original not just through its continuation of the story, but also in its spectacle of some of the greatest fight choreography of all-time.
Warner Bros. and DC Films should be celebrating at the prospect of a visionary talent like Evans directing a Deathstroke movie. That way, audiences can be treated to what will certainly be one of the most well-choreographed comic book action they may ever see.
The 7 Best Comic Books Of DC’s Geoff Johns
DC superstar Geoff Johns is reasserting himself back into the comic book world in a big way with Doomsday Clock. Characters from Watchmen have been bleeding into the DC Universe since the beginning of DC Rebirth, and Johns, no stranger to writing universe threatening tales, has finally kicked that story into high-gear.
Johns has also been working at DC Films, but he got his start in the comic book world. He has been my favorite comic book writer since I started reading comics as a kid and his skill has only expanded since then. As his name has grown, Johns has been able to take more and more risks as he utilizes his signature, emotion-filled storytelling techniques on everyone from Aquaman to Superman.
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