Joe Manganiello has revealed the first official look at Deathstroke after the character debuted in the DC Extended Universe's latest offering, Justice League. The DC Comics villain appeared in one of the movie's post-credits scenes, boarding a ship to talk to a newly-escaped Lex Luthor who apparently wants to strike a deal to form his own Injustice League.
The actor tweeted out the image, showing Slade Wilson clad in his iconic black-and-orange battle armor and armed with his signature katana. In the image, we see Deathstroke unmasked, holding his helmet, to reveal a comic-faithful grey-haired take on Wilson.
His popularity has exponentially risen over the last few years, appearing in the CW's Arrow (played by Manu Bennet), as well as on multiple animated fronts from Warner Bros. such as Young Justice and Teen Titans. Deathstroke went on to play big roles in Justice League and Suicide Squad comic arcs as well, which makes him a perfect fit for the DCEU.
Manganiello's appearance in Justice League surprised many, despite Batman actor Ben Affleck teasing his appearance in the past, especially after director Matt Reeves took over the Batman's solo film from Affleck, tossing the script with Deathstroke out the window. Now, it seems that Deathstroke's future in the DCEU is finally whole again, with a solo film reportedly ready for action from Gareth Evans who directed The Raid.
Introduced in 1980 by Marvel Wolfman and George Perez in DC Comics’ New Teen Titans #2, Deathstroke is Slade Wilson, a mercenary and assassin with enhanced strength, reflexes, agility and healing who purports to use 90 percent of his brain at one time, making him a tactical genius. Originally the archenemy of the Teen Titans, who helped to bring down the team in the seminal “Judas Contract” storyline, Deathstroke has in recent decades become a major player in the DC Universe, where he currently headlines his own title.
In theaters now, Justice League stars Ben Affleck as Batman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Ezra Miller as The Flash, Ray Fisher as Cyborg, Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Ciarán Hinds as Steppenwolf, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor and J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon.