Slade Wilson and Bruce Wayne will battle on the big screen.
It appears we have a new movie baddie for Batman, and he looks great! Ben Affleck, who is portraying Batman in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU) films, as well as serving as a DCEU producer, is set to write and direct his solo Batman film, reportedly titled The Batman. Monday morning, Affleck took to Facebook and Twitter to post a video of some unexpected footage of the DC Comics villain Slade Wilson, better known as Deathstroke.
— Ben Affleck (@BenAffleck) August 29, 2016
Affleck posting this video seems to confirms that Deathstroke will play some role in the DCEU, but exactly what kind of role was unclear. This video could also mean that the character was making in appearance in another DCEU film, such as 2017’s Justice League. After some Internet speculation, TheWrap reported that “an individual with knowledge of the situation” confirmed to them that Deathstroke will in fact be the villain in Affleck’s solo Batman movie. Deathstroke was most recently portrayed in CW’s Arrow by Manu Bennett but has not been a featured character since the show’s second season. Further proof that we will be seeing Slade Wilson on the big screen comes from Arrow creator Marc Guggenheim being quoted in a Tumblr post earlier this year stating, “Slade Wilson is currently tied up in another DC project,” when asked if the character world be returning to the show. This lines up with DC’s way of handling properties between their television shows and movies. Arrow previously featured its version of the Suicide Squad, but DC/Warner Bros. instructed the writers to stop including those characters once this year’s Suicide Squad feature film was announced. This similar situation seems to mean the same thing for Slade Wilson.
With Deathstroke’s appearance in the forthcoming Batman movie all but confirmed in writing, what are your thoughts on this news? Are you excited to see him on the big screen or would you prefer to see Batman take on a different DC villain? How do you like this design of Deathstroke? Let us know in the comments!