We’ve know for a while that Joe Manganiello was signed-up as the DC Extended Universe’s Slade Wilson, aka the totally badass Deathstroke, and now we’ve been given our first look at Manganiello in his full Deathstroke get-up.
We should maybe make a quick mention here that a Justice League spoiler of sorts lies ahead, so you might want to turn back if you’ve not yet had chance to check out Warner Brothers’ coming together of some of DC’s finest figures.
You’ve been warned…
Right, let’s get it out there, the post-credits Justice League scene saw Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor having a meeting with none other than Slade Wilson. While that meeting alluded to the forming of an alternative, villainous league, we didn’t really get that great of a look at Manganiello in full Deathstroke garb. Luckily for us, however, Manganiello himself has taken to social media to given us a better look at his Slade.
Where Slade Wilson turns up next, though, is a little up in the air. Previously, the character was pegged for an appearance in the main portion of Justice League rather than just a cameo, post-credits appearance, and then he was also announced as being the villain of The Batman.
Of course, The Batman has had its fair share of issues lately. With constant rumours of Ben Affleck departing the Caped Crusader gig before that picture gets rolling, there have also been plenty of reports out there that say director Matt Reeves is looking to have a different villain as the ‘big bad’ of the film, thus giving Deathstroke the boot.
While his battle with the World’s Greatest Detective may or may not happen in The Batman, what we do know for certain is that Deathstroke is getting his own movie regardless. Even more encouraging, Gareth Evans of The Raid fame is writing and directing that picture; which in itself is news that has us all a tad excited here at Moonbase Alpha.
So yeah, there’s nothing particularly new to report on the Deathstroke front, but just look at him! That right there just screams Slade Wilson, and seeing where things go for this fan favourite villain-cum-antihero is most certainly one of the bright points of the DCEU right now.