– by Joseph Jammer Medina

There is no doubt that the DC Cinematic Universe is a mess. Directors are coming in and out, films are constantly being added, removed or pushed back. Rumors about the demise of certain films or characters seem to be published daily. One of the characters that seemed to be on his way out was Joe Manganiello’s Slade Wilson aka Deathstroke.

Last year test footage of Deathstroke hit the web and soon after it was revealed that it was indeed Manganiello under the mask. It was also revealed that his character was to be featured in the Batman film that at the time Ben Affleck was working on. Well since then Affleck has dropped out as the director and was soon replaced with Matt Reeves. With all this going on, there were rumors about whether or not Manganiello’s Deathstroke would be even used in the film.

Well that rumor was cleared up yesterday by the creator of Deathstroke, Marv Wolfman in a Facebook post that reads, “After a great lunch with Joe Manganiello, I feel more confident than ever that we got both the Slade Wilson the movies need and the Deathstroke great movies deserve.” The post is attached with an image of both Wolfman and Manganiello having a meal together where they presumably talked about the Deathstroke character and how it was to be portrayed in the film. You can see it below.

Deathstroke’s first comic book appearance was in DC Comic’s New Teen Titans #2 in 1980 and since then has been featured in many animated films including the recent Teen Titans: The Judas Contract, as well as portrayed by Manu Bennett on Arrow.

I have had the priveldege of talking with Marv Wolfman at several conventions and I can say that he is definetely still very passionate about the characters that he brought to comic books. With this post we can be certain that Manganiello will be in fact portraying Deathstroke but will it still be in the Batman film or will he be featured in another film? That still remains to be seen. But overall it is great to hear that the Deathstroke that is planned for a film is Marv Wolfman approved!

Are you looking forward to seeing Deathstroke on the big screen?


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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.