Deathstroke has been missing in action since the initial announcement for a standalone movie adaptation arrived last year. Joe Manganiello, the actor set to play the fictional supervillain, has now stepped forward to assure fans that there is nothing to be concerned about.
Speaking with Variety at a recent premiere event, the actor briefly noted that “there are things in the works” for Deathstroke. While Manganiello refused to give away any details, the statement alone should suffice for those wondering if the project has been delayed or worse, scrapped.
Deathstroke was last seen in a post-credits sequence for Justice League (2017) that teased the creation of a “league of supervillains” under the guidance of Lex Luthor. This was not the first time that the character appeared on-screen, having rose to prominence in the television series Arrow where he was played by Manu Bennett.
There is nothing else known about the Deathstroke project, except that it will be written and directed by Gareth Evans (The Raid). Perhaps more updates might trickle down later this year.
The character, for those unaware, is a mercenary and assassin that was genetically engineered to surpass all human limits. He possess superhuman strength, speed, and agility; and is an expert hand-to-hand combatant as well as master swordsman. Deathstroke has often found himself as an adversary to Batman and the Teen Titans. That being said, he has also crossed paths with other superheroes as well.
There are several spinoff projects in the DC Extended Universe (or outside) that remain in stasis for unknown reasons. This includes Lobo, Nightwing, and more. It was recently suggested that Warner Bros. is adopting a rather laid back approach when it comes to getting things underway, particularly when it was ousted that the studio will take its sweet time to find a new director for Batgirl.