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By now you've heard about Deathstroke being in the DCEU, right? Right? Well he is in the DCEU, and since we learned that he's most likely the antagonist of the solo Batman film, I got thinking about animation. See, DC have used their animated universe as a test run for a lot of their live-action stuff. The team used in Justice League: War is almost identical to the one we'll see in the live action League; Assault On Arkham featured a lot of elements that carried over into Suicide Squad; and Darkseid's prominence seems set to be something both the live-action and animated universes share.

But How Does This Connect To Deathstroke?

Image: WB Animation
Image: WB Animation

An excellent question: I'm glad you asked! While many people may have been surprised to hear that a non-Batman villain would function as the main antagonist in Ben Affleck's solo Batman reboot, it's actually already happened. If you've seen Son of Batman then you'll know what I'm on about; Slade Wilson is the primary villain of that film.

Admittedly, it's a radically different version of Deathstroke than the one we're used to. Rather than being a mercenary, he's actually a student of Ra's Al Ghul, leader of the League of Assassins. In the film, he becomes a full-on villain because he resents that someone else is chosen to be the successor to Ra's Al Ghul's position. Who is that someone you ask? Damian Wayne, Batman's son.

The Timeline Fits Too

Image: Warner Bros.
Image: Warner Bros.

Since our current cinematic version of Batman is in his late forties, and his rogues' gallery is well established, the timing is perfect for him to have a child who could be up to eighteen years of age. He's even already lost a Robin, so in terms of continuity, he's in roughly the same place as his comic incarnation was when Damian showed up in his life. On top of that, we'd get a more comic-accurate version of the League of Assassins.

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But Wait, There's More!

Image: DC Comics
Image: DC Comics

Look, I'm not a big fan of the Deathstroke we got in Son of Batman, and as far as I'm aware, I'm not alone in that regard. However, the main element of the film was the relationship between Batman and Damian, so that could very much remain intact with a different Slade Wilson. Funnily enough, Slade has also had a son in the comics, one who was a large part of his character when he first appeared. So I don't think it would be too much of a stretch to create a parallel between Deathstroke and Batman, with both of them trying to do right by their children. Perhaps Batman is training Damian to be Robin while Slade is training his son to be a mercenary, with their first mission being to kill Batman.

Also, if Damian does show up, I want to point out that I called it almost 2 years ago.

Wrapping Up...

Admittedly, this is still speculation right now, as we don't really know much about what the future of the DCEU holds. Hell, for all we know, Ben Affleck was just sharing some cosplay to his Twitter and we all got the wrong end of the stick. Still, I reckon I've put forward a fairly good case. That's for you to decide though, so please do give us your thoughts below, and be sure to have a great day.

What do you think — will we see Damian Wayne and the Bat family in the DCEU? Let us know in the comments — and check out our video of the most tragic Wayne deaths. Poor Bruce!