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Deathstroke’s outing in Ben Affleck’s The Batman script revealed

September 21st, 2017 by Dave Bowling Comments

Trying to get a standalone Batman project off the ground is apparently something akin to climbing the north face of the Eiger. At night. Backwards. In clown shoes.

Ben Affleck’s position as writer, director and star of The Batman, originally slated to come out next year, has significantly diminished since he stood down as director in January. Matt Reeves (Cloverfield) was brought in to helm and rewrite the project, leaving us to wonder what a man with Oscars for screenwriting and directing might’ve made of it.

Some clues were revealed recently when The Wrap’s Umberto Gonzalez did a live video on Periscope where he revealed details he’d learned of Affleck’s original script. As previously suspected, the main villain of the piece was intended to be Slade Wilson himself, Deathstroke. The plot was also supposedly inspired by the 1997 David Fincher movie The Game:

Sources tell me it’s inspired by The Game, where Deathstroke is setting up all these traps and beating the crap out of him…

For the uninitiated, The Game saw Michael Douglas play an investment banker brought into a mysterious game by his brother, that sees a mysterious organisation infiltrate every aspect of his life. Losing his money, home and eventually brother, he finally discovers that everything has been staged all along. How this would directly relate to Deathstroke and Batman is unknown, but it does sound like an interesting concept.

The sheer confusion over the project has led to inevitable changes in staff, and it’s no longer even certain that Deathstroke will even be in the film. Still, we can but hope…

Source: Comic Book

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Dave was born at an early age to parents of both sexes. He has been a self-confessed geek for as long as he can remember, having been raised through the 80s on a steady diet of Doctor Who, Star Trek, Red Dwarf and (sigh) Knight Rider. Throw the usual assortment of Saturday morning cartoons into the mix and we have something quite exceptional: someone with an encyclopaedic knowledge of utter tosh; a love of giant robots and spaceships fighting; and the strange desire to leap tall buildings in a single bound while wearing his underpants over his trousers. The death ray is currently in the works and one day you shall all bow to him, his giant space station and fleet of funky orange space shuttles...

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