We’ve known for some weeks now that Deathstroke will be the main villain of Ben Affleck’s standalone Batman movie, simply called The Batman for now. And it’s also been revealed that the villain himself will be played by Joe Manganiello. For some fans, the reason for this seems quite obvious, as Deathstroke has been a DC fan favorite for decades, despite not even being originally tied to the Batman mythology, outside of Teen Titans.
But why did Affleck, the director and star of this upcoming DCEU film, want Slade Wilson to be the villain? Well, we know that now, too. Speaking with Collider, Ben Affleck was asked why Deathstroke is a great villain and how he landed on the decision:
“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.”
New 52 Deathstroke has certainly been more involved with the Batman side of things, even in WB animated movies like Son of Batman, where he’s the main antagonist (and beaten laughably easily by Damian Wayne for some reason). This new incarnation will likely channel Deathstroke at his best, arriving as a mercenary for hire to kill the Batman in his prime. Affleck’s assertion that they match up well together is proven by the fact that in most of the times they’ve fought in the comics, Batman has usually managed to just barely defeat Slade Wilson, who on paper seems far more capable.
There’s no release date for The Batman yet, but it will of course be set some time after Justice League comes out next November, and if you want to dive even further into how Deathstroke should be presented in the DCEU, check out our full list: “10 Things The ‘Batman’ Movie Needs To Get Right About Deathstroke.”