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For many of us, Ben Affleck’s latest Instagram video has people buzzing for all of the right reasons. It is basically confirmation that Deathstroke, everyone’s favorite mercenary, will be coming to the DC Extended Universe. Rumors are going around as to how he will be featured, with the most prominent guess being that he will be the main antagonist in 2019’s The Batman, directed by and starring Affleck.
Assuming that he will be the villain in The Batman, Deathstroke is a great choice. If you are unfamiliar with the character, he first appeared as a Teen Titans villain in the 1980s. He has appeared as a villain in many DC properties, most recently as a villain in Arrow and in the Batman: Arkham video games. Deathstroke’s inclusion is important; it shows that the DCEU isn’t going to reuse old villains (for now, anyway), and Deathstroke is one of Batman’s more interesting nemeses. It will be interesting to see how the Dark Knight faces off against this mercenary. Expect Justice League to set that fight up.
Casting the mercenary is a challenge. You need someone quite stoic, but driven and able to convey those emotions from behind a mask. Tom Hardy in my opinion is a shoe-in for the role, but I’ll challenge myself more than that. If I were in charge of casting Deathstroke, I would get Oscar Isaac on the phone immediately, but that is just my opinion.
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