THE BATMAN: Director Ben Affleck On Why He Chose Deathstroke As The Movie's Big Bad

– by Joseph Medina

Today's certainly a Batman kinda day. Recently-released interviews with Ben Affleck confirmed our scoop from a couple years ago that the title of the film would be The Batman. However, this wasn't the only Batman-related info to hit today.

One of the bigger pieces of news to drop in the past couple months prior to that title reveal came in the form of a video from the Affleck that revealed Deathstroke as the main villain in The Batman. Reception to this reveal was largely positive. Man of Steel, Batman v Superman, and Suicide Squad all dealt with rather otherworldly villains, and as such, the reveal of a relatively grounded villain like Deathstroke was a breath of fresh air.

But why did Affleck and co. decide to go with him as the big bad for The Batman? Speaking with Collider, Affleck gave his reasons for utilizing good ol' Slade Wilson.

“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.”

In the New 52 run that Affleck mentions was written by Tony Daniel and follows Deathstroke donning the suit once more after he is left for dead. It's a classic tale of revenge, one that certainly touches on many important aspects of his character, and putting him in the role of an anti-hero.

With this in mind, one has to wonder if they plan on going full villain with him in The Batman, or if they'll paint him in a more sympathetic light. As interesting as that could be, I certainly hope they don't, as I'm anxious to see Batman take on a formidable, determined, and powerful villain.

What do you think? What take on Deathstroke do you want to see in The Batman? Let us know in the comments down below!

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SOURCE: Collider



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