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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, also known as Deathstroke, is a minor antagonist in both the 2017 superhero film Justice League and its 2021 director's cut, Zack Snyder's Justice League. He was intended to be the primary antagonist of the original version of the film The Batman when it was still canon to the DC Extended Universe and directed/written by and starred Ben Affleck, before it was handed over to Matt Reeves and disconnected to form it's own continuity.

In the original script, Deathstroke is a disgraced member of the League of Shadows who seeks revenge on Batman for a prior conflict (implied to be what got him extricated from the Shadows and lost him his left eye), and with assistance from Lex Luthor, would stage a mass breakout of Arkham Asylum and corral Batman's rouges gallery into a gauntlet that would exhaust him and allow Deathstroke an advantage over him in a rematch.

He is an enemy of Batman and 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 after he broke out of Arkham Asylum.

He was portrayed by Joe Manganiello.



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".


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


  • 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.




  • 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.
  • Deathstroke's role in the canceled original cut of The Batman (canon to the DCEU) takes inspiration from Bane in previous The Dark Knight Trilogy by Christopher Nolan. Both were depicted as former members of the League of Assassins/Shadows Seeking vengeance on Batman for previous defeats (albeit Bane's intentions were less personal more and honor of the late Ra's al Ghul) and staged a breakout of Arkham Asylum's inmates to cripple and subjugate Gotham City, and would defeat Batman in the middle of the movie only to be beaten by him in a rematch by the climax. Both also wore masks to hide a disability and for intimidation factor (Slade missing an eye and Bane administering anesthetic for chronic pain due to injuries he suffered in The Pit).
  • 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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Theatrical Movies
Justice League: Steppenwolf | Parademons (Parademon Scout) | Darkseid | 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 League: Gods and Monsters: Will Magnus
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

Video Games
Injustice: Gods Among Us: One Earth Regime (Superman, Wonder Woman, Yellow Lantern, The Flash, Aquaman, Cyborg, Shazam, Nightwing, Raven, Hawkgirl, Sinestro, Black Adam, Killer Frost, Solomon Grundy, Catwoman, Bane, & Doomsday) | Joker | Lex Luthor | Deathstroke | Ares
Injustice 2: Brainiac | Gorilla Grodd | Captain Cold | Reverse Flash | Cheetah | Deadshot | Poison Ivy | Bane | Scarecrow | One Earth Regime (Superman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg, Nightwing & Black Adam) | Dr. Fate | The Lords of Order | Grid | Atrocitus | Joker | Darkseid

See Also
Justice League Dark Villains | Justice League International Villains | Justice Society Villains | Young Justice Villains