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Fact File: Deathstroke

Joe Manganiello may have popped up as (SPOILER) Deathstroke at the end of Justice League, but we didn’t get a great look at his suit. Until now…

Thanks Joe Manganiello’s Twitter! I could complain about the not-quite-bright enough orange… but, damn. He looks great! Who the hell is Deathstroke, though? And why should you care?

Source:DC.

Deathstroke, AKA Slade Wilson, is basically the best assassain in the DC Universe. He’s also sometimes a true megalomaniacal villain and rarely a hero. His origin is simple  Slade Wilson joined the army. He realized he was good at killing people. Then he took some experimental drugs that left him a super-human. Yup, his origin may be a grab bag of tired cliches, but he’s an undeniable badass.

Deathstroke started life in Teen Titans #2 back in 1980, and usually floats around the Teen Titans and Batman extended families. Robin/Nightwing are usually Deathstroke’s foil, and with good reason. Deathstroke is one of the few baddies as smart as Batman and Nightwing AND as physical.

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Outside of comics, Deathstroke has shown up in the Teen Titans cartoon (as just Slade) and a ton of other animated projects. Deathstroke hangs out on the CW’s Arrowverse, played by Manu Bennett, and some… ugh… less quality. Let’s forget Lois and Clark.

Source: Teen Titans.

With an appearance in Justice League and a rumored spotlight in the Affleck solo Batman flick, will we see Deathstroke done right? Can a ne’er-do-well equal to the Batman make a splash? Can we see Deathstroke do a sexy dance in a convenience store? Sorry, had to make a Magic Mike joke. Joe Manganiello, luck bastard, may get to fight Spider-Man AND Batman.

Should Deathstroke get a solo film? Should he stick to being Slade on the Teen Titans? Let Nerdbot know in the comments!