Deathstroke Comes to the DC Movieverse?
Ben Affleck posted a short video online of what appeared to be some kind of screen test for a DC villain. That villain, much to the delight of fans, was a fantastic looking version of Deathstroke the Terminator. Deathstroke disappeared from Arrow, a strong sign that DC had movie plans for him, but now this footage seems to confirm Deathstroke as appearing and the most likely spot would be the head bad guy in the solo Batman film.
Deathstroke, aka Slade Wilson, made his first appearance as an adversary of the Teen Titans back in The New Teen Titans #2. Through the 80’s and 90’s, he grew into a longtime enemy of Robin and the Dark Knight himself. Perhaps most known him from his great run on the Teen Titans cartoon.
Deathstroke is basically an evil Batman. He is a highly trained fighter and tactician, working as a mercenary (and occasional anti-hero). He has also managed to successfully impersonate Batman and probably knows that the Caped Crusader is Bruce Wayne, considering that he knows Robin/Nightwing’s secret identity.
But… is this a good idea? Likely, as Deathstroke is both highly intelligent and capable of facing Batman toe-to-toe in a fight. Expect some high impact action and psychological warfare. The only question left is that, if Deathstroke really is the bad guy for Batman’s solo outing, the who’s paying him to hunt down the Bat?