Joe Manganiello has hopes that the Justice League Snyder Cut can revive the Deathstroke solo film, and it is a project that HBO Max should greenlight. The discarded Deathstroke film should be the next DCEU movie for HBO Max after Snyder’s Justice League arrives.
Once one of the abandoned DCEU movies after the failure of Justice League’s theatrical cut, the talk of Slade Wilson going solo has risen again now that Joe Manganiello is back, he has expressed the hope that the Snyder Cut could pave the way to Slade’s movie being pulled out of hibernation.
Initially serving as the primary villain of Ben Affleck’s planned Batman solo film, Deathstroke was just one of many DC elements left with no hope of continuing after the disappointment of Justice League.
Here is why the Deathstroke movie should the next DCEU project to get rolling for HBO Max. Deathstroke’s cameo at the ending of Justice League is one of the many ships that could never sail after the movie’s financial disappointment.
In the film, Slade Wilson’s scene alongside Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor was meant to set up Ben Affleck’s Batman movie. Still, with Affleck’s subsequent departure from the DCEU and Justice League’s disaster, it made little sense from the perspective of a studio to continue forward with Manganiello’s Deathstroke, especially with his first appearance being a minor one.
Why Deathstroke Should Be HBO Max’s Next DCEU Movie After Justice League
However, that was all in the pre-Snyder Cut Universe. Deathstroke was already present in the Snyder Cut, while Manganiello also recently returned for some additional photography as a mohawked Slade.
Both of these mean that Manganiello’s Deathstroke will be brought back into mainstream attention again once Snyder’s Justice League makes its debut on HBO Max, with some more material this time around courtesy of the additional filming.
This could all work in Slade’s favor next year, and it is also worth looking back on just what the Deathstroke movie was shaping up to be with those involved.
With a Deathstroke film, HBO Max would have all the pros of Joker in telling an insulated story of Slade Wilson on an assassin mission, with the bonus of still retaining the feel of being connected to the Zack Snyder Cut and the world it occupies through Slade’s appearance in it.
Under Slade’s mercenary activity, his film can stand alone as its self-contained action film without any particular concern for serving or breaking off any established canon.