In an exclusive from The Wrap, Ben Affleck’s teasing about Deathstroke making an appearance in his upcoming Batman solo film has been confirmed. Deathstroke will be the main villain facing off against Batman in the upcoming film. Nothing has been verified regarding who’ll be playing the villain, so we could theorize that maybe Manu Bennett could be reprising the character he portrayed in Arrow. Personally, I’d like it if they could just continue with Bennett, but we’ll just have to see where the casting goes.
So what exactly was it that Ben Affleck posted that caused such a ruckus? This morning he posted a tweet on his page of the infamous antagonist walking towards the character in that slow-mo, movie-style walk that all action films seem to utilize. After seeing the untimely departure of Deathstroke from Arrow and hearing from Marc Guggenheim, an executive producer of Arrow, discuss on Tumblr whether or not Deathstroke was returning to Season 4, fans have been on edge trying to figure out what project Deathstroke was being connected to.
Now we know and we’re excited.
Deathstroke was created by Marv Wolfman and George Perez for DC Comics. He is a mercenary and assassin who made his first appearance in 1980 dealing with the Teen Titans. He’s encountered Batman numerous times and has actually beaten him to a bloody pulp several times.
The tentative release dates for the Batman solo film are either October 5, 2018 or November 1, 2019. Warner Bros. has two untitled DC projects set for those dates and, as far as we know, the Batman film has yet to be given an assigned title. Ben Affleck is going to be directing and is a co-writer on the script.