SPOILER WARNING: The following article contains potentially major spoilers for Justice League, which hits theaters Nov. 17.
Fans might have to wait until Friday to see the latest DCEU blockbuster, Justice League, but that hasn’t stopped at least part of the film’s post-credits scene from making its way online ahead of the film’s theatrical release.
The footage begins with a guard at Arkham Asylum approaching a man who appears to be Lex Luthor. However, upon turning the prisoner around, we see that it’s merely a decoy. Meanwhile, we cut to an eerily familiar figure standing aboard a speedboat, which docks next to a luxurious yacht. Upon boarding the yacht, the figure is revealed to be Joe Manganiello’s Deathstroke, who’s greeted by a far more comic-book-accurate (at least in appearance) version of Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor than we saw in Batman v Superman. Lex greets the mercenary and quickly begins discussing the return of Superman before the footage abruptly ends, apparently ahead of the scene’s actual finale.
Deathstroke’s appearance certainly confirms Aquaman actor Jason Momoa’s sentiments that Justice League has a “fantastic” post-credits scene. In fact, it was nearly a year and a half ago that Ben Affleck first teased Deathstroke’s introduction to the DCEU, at which time it was speculated that he could possibly appear as a secondary foil in the superhero ensemble film. Of course, it was soon revealed that he was to be the main antagonist of Affleck’s Batman solo film, and while those plans have seemingly been scrapped, Manganiello will still suit up as Deathstroke in a solo film of his own.
Justice League hits theaters on Nov. 17 and 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, Willem Dafoe as Nuidis Vulko, Ciarán Hinds as Steppenwolf, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor and J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon.
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