Esai Morales -- best known for his roles as Lieutenant Tony Rodrigues in NYPD Blue and Camino del Rio in Ozark -- has been enlisted to play the role of Slade Wilson/Deathstroke in the upcoming second season of DC Universe's Titans.
Morales has become latest actor to suit up as the infamous mercenary on-screen, with his two most-recent predecessors being Manu Bennett from The CW's Arrow and Joe Manganiello from the post-credits scene of 2017's Justice League.
Of course, DC fans know Deathstroke for his long history with the Teen Titans and the Titans proper (Dick Grayson/Robin in particular), both on-screen and on the page. In addition to being one of the team's most prevalent adversaries in the comic books, Deathstroke (aka Slade Wilson) has previously battled the Titans in such animated works as Cartoon Network's Teen Titans animated series, the DC Animated Universe film Teen Titans: The Judas Contract and the theatrical release Teen Titans Go! to the Movies.
That said, it is Morales' Deathstroke who will be the first to take the time-tested conflict to the realm of live-action when Titans returns for Season 2.
Per Deathstroke's official bio from Titans' producers, "Slade Wilson is known for being DC's deadliest assassin. While serving his country, Slade became an elite soldier before government testing enhanced his physiology to near superhuman levels, putting him on a path of darkness and revenge. To his family, Slade is a father and a husband, but to the rest of the world, he is feared by many as the infamous Deathstroke; selling his services to the highest bidder as the ruthless assassin that never gives up and never misses."
Now streaming on DC Universe, Titans Season 1 stars Brenton Thwaites as Dick Grayson, Anna Diop as Kory Anders, Teagan Croft as Rachel Roth and Ryan Potter as Garfield Logan, with Rachel Nichols as Angela, Seamus Dever as Trigon, Minka Kelly as Dawn Granger, Alan Ritchson as Hank Hall and Curran Walters as Jason Todd.