NOTE: This article is about the incarnation of Deathstroke from the DC Extended Universe. The mainstream version can be found here: Deathstroke (DC).

You said you had something I'd want? You better not be wasting my time.
~ Deathstroke to Lex Luthor.

Slade Wilson, known as Deathstroke, is a minor antagonist in the 2017 superhero film Justice League, and a minor character in its 2021 director's cut, Zack Snyder's Justice League. He is teased to be a major antagonist in the future movies of the DC Extended Universe. He is one of Batman's dangerous enemies.

Deathstroke is the DCEU's adaptation of the DC supervillain of the same name. He is a highly skilled and expertly trained mercenary, exceptionally skilled in both swordfighting and marksmanship. His skill in combat leads to Slade being recruited by Lex Luthor to form a League in order to best combat the threat the newly founded Justice League is posing to his criminal operations.

He was portrayed by Joe Manganiello.

Biography

Background

Not much is known about Slade Wilson's past, but he would become a mercenary and assassin under the moniker "Deathstroke". During his time as a mercenary, he would become a great enemy of the vigilante Batman.

Justice League

After Lex Luthor has escaped from Arkham Asylum, he meets with Deathstroke onboard a super yacht. Arriving at the yacht in a smaller speedboat, Deathstroke is welcomed by Luthor who sarcastically claims that he was just celebrating Superman's return. Luthor claims that Superman and several other heroes seem to be founding some kind of League and Deathstroke interrupts him, threatening that Luthor better not waste his time. Luthor replies that he has too much to live for. As Deathstroke removes his mask, Luthor states that it is time that supervillains like the two of them get a league of their own - seemingly successfully recruiting Deathstroke for his own "Injustice League".

Knightmare

In the "Knightmare" timeline, Darkseid succeeded in collecting the Anti-Life Equation and managed to make Superman become one of his assets. Seeing that humanity was in peril, Deathstroke joined the Insurgency, which was led by Batman, to oppose the Regime and save humanity from Darkseid.

Powers and Abilities

Abilities

  • Marksmanship: Deathstroke is a proficient marksman, and is skilled with many firearms.
  • Swordsmanship: He is a capable swordsman.
  • Master Martial Artist: Deathstroke is a noted martial artist, being highly skilled in most forms of hand-to-hand combat.

Gallery

Images

Trivia

  • In August 2016, Ben Affleck tweeted a video in which Deathstroke could be seen in full attire, causing people to believe that he would be a major villain in the DCEU's upcoming Batman solo movie. However, whether Deathstroke will be still appearing in the film it's currently unknown, as Affleck has retired from the role and Robert Pattison has been cast as Batman, changing the film's story into a detective one.
  • Ron Perlman, Stephen Lang and Arnold Schwarzenegger were all considered for the role of Deathstroke before Manganiello was cast.
  • Deathstroke was considered to become one of the two secondary antagonists of Justice League, alongside Lex Luthor, where they team up with Steppenwolf to kill the Justice League.
  • Joe Manganiello was previously considered for the role of Superman in Man of Steel.
  • Prior to the movie's release, there were rumors that Deathstroke's and Luthor's appearances had been cut from the movie. It was also debated whether Joe Manganiello would still play the role. With Deathstroke's appearance in Justice League and his implied return as a member of the Injustice League, this rumors seem to have been laid to rest.
  • Because of his role, the Slade Wilson in the Arrowverse will be absent indefinitely and his story arc for season 6 of Arrow involving his sons Joe and Grant will be discontinued.

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Man of Steel
Sword of Rao: Zod | Faora-Ul | Nam-Ek | Jax-Ur | Tor-An | Car-Vex | Nadira | Dev-Em II

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Lex Luthor | Doomsday | Anatoli Knyazev | Mercy Graves | Cesar Santos | Amajagh
Others: Joe Chill | Zod | Joker | Steppenwolf

Suicide Squad
Suicide Squad: Deadshot | Harley Quinn | Captain Boomerang | El Diablo | Killer Croc | Slipknot | Amanda Waller
Eyes of the Adversary: Enchantress | Incubus
Joker's Gang: Joker | Jonny Frost | Panda Man | Monster T
Others: Hunter Griggs

Wonder Woman
Ares | Erich Ludendorff | Dr. Poison

Justice League
Theatrical Cut
Steppenwolf | Parademons (Parademon Scout)
Black Clad: Black Clad Alpha
Others: Lex Luthor | Deathstroke | Ares
Director's Cut
Darkseid's Elite: Darkseid | Steppenwolf | DeSaad | Granny Goodness | Parademons
Black Clad: Black Clad Alpha
Others: Lex Luthor | Deathstroke | Ares | Joker

Aquaman
Ocean Master | Black Manta | Murk | Jesse Kane | The Trench | Orvax Marius

Shazam!
Thaddeus Sivana | Seven Deadly Sins | Mr. Sivana | Sid Sivana | Brett and Burke Breyer | Robbers | Mister Mind

Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)
Harley Quinn | Huntress
Black Mask | Victor Zsasz | Carlo Rossi | Happy
Others: Stefano Galante | Joker

Wonder Woman 1984
Maxwell Lord | Cheetah

See Also
Aquaman Villains | Batman Villains | Birds of Prey Villains | Justice League Villains | SHAZAM Villains | Superman Villains | Wonder Woman Villains

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Theatrical Movies
Justice League: Steppenwolf | Parademons (Parademon Scout) | Black Clad (Black Clad Alpha) | Lex Luthor | Deathstroke | Ares
Zack Snyder's Justice League: Darkseid's Elite (Darkseid, Steppenwolf, DeSaad, Granny Goodness, & Parademons) | Lex Luthor | Deathstroke | Black Clad (Black Clad Alpha) | Ares | Joker

Direct-to-video Movies
Justice League: The New Frontier: The Centre | Captain Cold
Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths: Crime Syndicate of America (Owlman, Ultraman, Superwoman, Johnny Quick, Power Ring, J'edd J'arkus, & Black Power) | Lex Luthor | White Martians | President Slade Wilson | Rose Wilson
Justice League: Doom: Legion of Doom (Vandal Savage, Bane, Cheetah, Ma'alefa'ak, Metallo, Mirror Master, & Star Sapphire) | Royal Flush Gang (King, Queen, Jack, Ace, & Ten)
Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox: Professor Zoom | Wonder Woman | Aquaman | Ocean Master | Black Manta | Deathstroke | Lex Luthor | Clayface | Rogues (Captain Cold, Captain Boomerang, Top, Heat Wave, & Mirror Master) | Joker | Yo-Yo
Justice League: War: Darkseid | Desaad | Parademons | Ocean Master
Justice League: Throne of Atlantis: Ocean Master | Black Manta | The Trench | Lex Luthor
Justice League vs. Teen Titans: Trigon | Legion of Doom (Lex Luthor, Cheetah, Solomon Grundy, Toymaster, & Weather Wizard) | Atomic Skull | Ra's al Ghul
Justice League vs. the Fatal Five: Fatal Five (Emerald Empress, Mano, Persuader, Tharok, & Validus) | Bloodsport | Two-Face | Harley Quinn | Poison Ivy

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