While it may be two years, at least, from gracing screens across the world, Ben Affleck’s The Batman sounds like it’s coming together smoothly. Back in August, Affleck sent Twitter into a frenzy when he teased Deathstroke as the chief antagonist in his Batman solo film (which was subsequently confirmed).
Now, Affleck has explained why he deemed Deathstroke to be the member of Batman’s rogues gallery fit enough to go head to head with his Caped Crusader.
During an interview with Collider, Affleck said: “He’s a great villain because—I just had an instinctive feeling that he would match up with him well. You know, I’m a big admirer of that character as well, especially in the New 52 the way that they did Deathstroke, and I thought that it could work.”
The thought of Deathstroke entering the DCEU is tantalising already but if you delve further into Affleck’s comments, it may reveal his masterplan for The Batman. He plainly states that he’s a fan of the New 52 iteration of the character, which could mean we see an experienced Deathstroke who has been a renowned mercenary for several years, mirroring the older, world-weary Bruce Wayne in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Then again, Affleck previously suggested that his Batman film will be a largely original story – so we’re not going to read too much into it at this stage.
Deathstroke will be played by True Blood and Magic Mike actor Joe Manganiello.
Deathstroke first appeared in The New Teen Titans in 1980 and first confronted Batman in 1991, during City of Assassins.