10 Things The ‘Batman’ Movie Needs To Get Right About Deathstroke

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The DCEU’s solo Batman movie will feature Slade Wilson (a.k.a. Deathstroke) as the main villain. Most casual comic book fans are quite familiar with the legendary assassin already, as he’s been a staple of New Teen Titans since 1980. But if you’ve only caught glimpses of the character in TV shows and video games over the years, there might be some crucial facts you’ve missed out on that shape the character we love to hate.

Specifically, a lot of non-comic readers know of Slade exclusively through the Teen Titans animated series that debuted in 2003. Or they may have followed the character through his arc on Arrow, which appropriated him as a main villain of Green Arrow. He’s also been a consistent Batman villain, appearing in the video game, Arkham Origins, as well as the DC animated movie Son of Batman, among many others.

There are a lot of different takes on Deathstroke, just like any good DC villain. At times, he’s been a ruthless mercenary with no remorse, while some incarnations paint him with a more detailed backstory. But every incarnation gets at least one thing consistently right with the character: he’s one of the DC universe’s best assassins, if not the best. Here are some of the pivotal considerations of the character that frankly need to be considered as the DCEU attempts to do him injustice.

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Jon Negroni

Jon Negroni

I write and I know things.

  • LupeX

    Great great article Jon, u NAILED IT. Id add 2 other things to this list what ever priority status u give them is up to you
    Deathstroke is called the Terminator for 2 reasons
    1. As you mentioned he is “trained to kill”, so they cant show him holding back for PG-1 sensibilities. This is an unconscionable sociopathic killer. As you said, this will drive home the difference between Batman and the bad guys.
    2. He’s called the Terminator because he doesnt stop coming. There’s a relentlessness to his style of attacking and when he hunting his prey. He cant make a single appearance and it’s over, if he’s stopped, he’s coming back, if he’s broken, he’s coming back. He doesnt stop til his target is dead. It’s like Batman’s will … but it’s an unbreakable will to kill.

    • Jon Negroni

      Agreed on all points. They mesh nicely with a few of the listed ideas, and the idea that Deathstroke is relentless is an excellent point. That’s why I’m weirdly excited to see him face off against a Batman who used to have restraint, then lost it by the time we got to BvS, then (maybe) regained it just in time for his willpower to be tested. As someone who didn’t care for BvS whatsoever, this could redeem the movie somewhat for me.

      • rogbngp

        The character arcs (for Superman beginning with MoS) should be developed further and hopefully resolved in JL in a satisfying way. So viewed as a trilogy (MoS, BvS, and JL) perhaps your appreciation might change? Time will tell obviously, but just pointing out that it’s a trilogy, really.

      • SAMURAI36

        See my critique above, Jon.

  • David Japhet-Mathias

    The scan with Superman is fake. Someone changed Superman’s dialogue.

    • Jon Negroni

      I don’t have the comic for reference, but the full page below seems right to me. I’ve checked several other forums and a few different scans, and they all have the same dialogue.

      • David Japhet-Mathias

        The right dialogue is Superman saying that he forgot to use his X-Ray vision not that Deathstroke was too fast for him to use it.

  • SAMURAI36

    This is a pretty good article. There are a couple of discrepancies that I caught (such as DS’s armor and weapons no longer being made of Promethium, but instead are made of Nth Metal), but otherwise, I really appreciate the time and detail that went into this article.

    • Jon Negroni

      It’s funny. In the original draft I spoke more of the armor and which set I think they’ll draw from in the movie (as someone less familiar with Prime Earth Deathstroke, I have a fondness for his Promethium set). It’s hard to tell from the test footage, but my best guess is that if they do address it (which is a big if), they’ll simply call it kevlar and mesh. I hope I’m wrong, though.