By: Adam Basciano
Ben Affleck is a busy guy. He’s currently in London filming his role as Bruce Wayne/Batman, in Zack Snyder’s Justice League. He’s also in negotiations to star an direct a film for Fox, while at the same time co-writing The Batman stand alone film, which he will also direct and star in. The actor took a moment from his busy schedule to release a video onto social media. The video seems to be test footage, that introduces Deathstroke into the world of DC Films. The video is very short and shows an actor in full Deathstroke armor and mask, walking rather cinematically and ominously towards the camera. For those who don’t know Deathstroke, essentially the character is named Slade Wilson, Chosen for a secret experiment, the Army imbued him with enhanced physical powers in an attempt to create meta human super soldiers for the U.S. military. Deathstroke became a mercenary soon after the experiment when he defied orders and rescued his friend Wintergreen sent on a suicide mission by a commanding officer with a grudge.[ “ However, Slade kept this career secret from his family, even though his wife was an expert military combat instructor.” The character was created by Marv Wolfman and George Perez and first appeared in The New Teen Titans #2, before eventually getting his own book. The character has appeared in several animated films and even was the main antagonist in the second season of Arrow, played by Manu Bennett.
In terms of where Deathstroke will make his DC Films debut, my initial though would’ve been Suicide Squad 2. However, Umberto Gonzalez of The Wrap indicates that sources have told him that Deathstroke will be the main antagonist of Ben Affleck’s solo Batman film. Mark Hughes of Forbes, believes it is likely that we will see Slade Wilson and his alter ego in Justice League, to set up his appearance in The Batman film. As for who is playing him on the big screen? No official word has been given. However, it could be True Blood alumni, Joe Manganiello. The actor is currently in London, where Justice League is filming. More so, shortly after Ben Affleck released that Deathstroke footage, Joe Manganiello began following Justice League director Zack Snyder on social media. Furthermore, it’s worth noting that the actor tested for the role of Superman in Man of Steel and admitted to testing for a role in Suicide Squad. Whether all this means he will play Deathstroke in the DC Films universe remains to be seen but one thing is certain, Deathstroke the terminator, is coming!
(Sources: Ben Affleck, The Wrap, Forbes)