Deathstroke Is The Main Antagonist In The Batman


By Karen Valenzuela, @VictoriaNoir89


Ben Affleck has officially set the Internet on fire with one single tweet.


This morning, the actor/producer/director posted a video on his social media that showed footage of the DC villain Deathstroke walking towards the camera, prompting a firestorm of assumptions and speculations. Is Deathstroke in 2017’s Justice League? Or will he be making an appearance in The Batman, which Affleck is directing and starring in.



Well, The Wrap exclusively confirmed from an unnamed source that Deathstroke will be the main antagonist in The Batman.


On top of the incredible pressure of creating a standalone Batman film, Ben Affleck and his crew will also be tackling the daunting task of bringing one of DC’s most beloved villains to the big screen. In fact, IGN slotted Deathstroke into #32 on their list of best comic book villains ever.


Marv Wolfman and George Perez created Deathstroke, aka Slade Wilson, for “The New Teen Titans” #2 in 1980, and since then, he’s made countless appearances in not just Teen Titan comics, but also in Batman comics, Superman comics, and in his own series. He’s a ruthless assassin, the best assassin in DC Comics. He’s said to have superhuman strength, regenerative abilities, unrivaled skills in martial arts and marksmanship, and he also uses ninety percent of his brain, which perhaps is his best weapon in facing heroes like the Teen Titans and Batman.


Who has been casted to play Slade Wilson and don the Deathstroke suit? That part hasn’t been released yet, but the speculation has begun. I’ve seen some peg Magic Mike’s Joe Manganiello after rumors were batted about awhile back about him appearing as Deathstroke in this month’s Suicide Squad. However, he was not in Suicide Squad. So whose eye is that in the footage Ben Affleck released? WHOSE EYE??


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Whoever’s eye that is, we’ll know soon enough. And we’d all better buckle up, nerds. Because the next dozen or so months are going to be insane with DCEU content, footage, hints, exclusives, etc. In fact, just a few days ago, Doug Liman was tapped to direct a “Justice League Dark” (JLD) film that focuses on a few of the DC characters who operate in a moral gray area.


Wonder Woman lassos her way into theaters June 2, 2017, followed closely by Justice League on November 17, 2107. The Flash and Aquaman will be released in 2018. In 2019, we’ll see Shazam and Justice League Part Two. And in 2020, Cyborg will get his standalone film along with Green Lantern Corps.


Anybody want to wager a guess as to who DCEU hired to play Deathstroke? Sound off in the comments below!

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