“The Raid” helmer Gareth Evans is in early discussions to write and direct DC Comics Assassin “Deathstroke” film, TheWrap has exclusively learned. “True Blood” and “Magic Mike” star Joe Manganiello is attached to star. Deathstroke was previously attached to be the antagonist on the solo “The Batman” film when Ben Affleck was still attached to direct. “He’s a great villain because — I just had an instinctive feeling that he would match up with him well.
Joe Manganiello, set to play villain Deathstroke in 'The Batman,' describes on MTV podcast how his serious discussions for Superman role got derailed
It looks as though ‘The Batman’ is going through some changes. During an interview with CBS Pittsburgh (via Batman News) Joe Manganiello – the man behind the Deathstroke mask – cast doubt on whether or not he’s even in the movie at all. “Maybe,” he said, throwing his hands up in the air when asked about ‘The Batman’.
Ben Affleck’s involvement with the new incarnation of Batman will be a big talking point throughout 2017, and the actor’s vowed to make something great. Summertime saw ‘Suicide Squad’ released to yet more mixed reaction, and despite it falling short of ‘Dawn of Justice’s’ $873 million haul by almost $130 million, both films made enough money to satisfy Warner Bros. in moving forward with the DCEU. Affleck’s venture into the comicbook world as Batman was hugely anticipated 12 month ago and now, with the Oscar-winning director writing, helming, and acting in the new solo outing, he’s not only accepted the magnitude of the task at hand but that he is determined to make a top-quality Batman story.