The Raid’s Gareth Evans Reportedly In Talks To Helm Deathstroke Film

by Erik Amaya

Slade Wilson may finally make it to the silver screen.

According to The Wrap, director Gareth Evans of The Raid: Redemption and The Raid 2 fame is in early talks with Warner Brothers Pictures to helm a big screen version of DC Comics’ Deathstroke: The Terminator.

Created by Marv Wolfman and George Perez in the pages of The New Teen Titans, assassin Slade Wilson became the team’s most notable foe after his 1980 debut. Initially taking over a contract to kill the Titans his son could not complete, Wilson waged a personal war against the team. In his most infamous attempt to destroy the Titans, he arranged for superpowered woman under his influence named Terra to infiltrate their ranks. When the team entrusted her with their secret identities, she relayed the information to Slade who in turn used it to capture the Titans. Terra died in the resulting battle while the team and Wilson came to a truce of sorts. It, of course, did not last and Slade would go on to be a major antagonist in the DC Universe, taking on just about everyone.

The character also featured prominently in the first and second seasons of Arrow. Played by Manu Bennett, he was initially portrayed as an ally of Oliver Queen during his time on Lian Yu, Slade eventually came to Star City to enact a revenge upon his former friend. As with the Titans, the two also reached a truce as part of a storyline in the current season. The character also featured prominently on the Teen Titans animated series.

Deathstroke was slated to be played by actor Joe Manganiello in the Ben Affleck directed version of The Batman. When director Matt Reeves took over and abandoned Affleck’s script, Deathstroke’s place in the project came into question. The Wrap claims Manganiello will star as Slade in the Deathstroke feature.

Considering the character will be DC Entertainment’s first solo antihero lead, it will be interesting to see who he will be pitted against in the film. Cyborg (Ray Fisher) may be the most obvious choice with their common Titans origin, but perhaps the film will echo the first storyline of Deathstroke: The Terminator and have him fight Batman. Well, presuming someone is even cast as the Batman when camera are ready to role on Deathstroke.

Erik Amaya

Host of Tread Perilously and a Film/TV Writer at Comicon.com. A contributing writer at CBR, Fanbase Press, Monkeys Fighting Robots and Rotten Tomatoes. Voice of Puppet Tommy on The Room Responds. A seeker of the Seastone Chair and the owner of a Legion Flight Ring. Sorted into Gryffindor, which came as some surprise.