“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’.