ByMichael Johnson, writer at Creators.co
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Rumors and theories have been flooding the web like water in the streets of Miami during the fall thanks to Ben Affleck's Deathstroke footage. According to Comicbookmovie.com via Robert Keyes the footage of Deathstroke allegedly shows him aboard the “Flying Fox.” For those who don’t know, the Flying Fox is one of Batman’s inventions, a the mobile command center for the Justice League. The footage is definitely worth geeking out over, if you haven’t already or even if you have check out the dope footage of Deathstroke below.

Will Ben Affleck Deliver Us Slade?

Ben sent DC fans and comic fans alike into a frenzy with this teaser video. Who was behind the orange and black mask? How would Deathstroke fit into the DCEU? Batfleck may have answered the latter question surrounding the superhuman mercenary. Could Deathstroke be the main villain in his first Batman solo film? Well at least one site seems to think so. According to The Wrap, Deathstroke will in fact be the main antagonist for the upcoming Batman film the footage is from the upcoming Justice League movie. Maybe it’s just an end credits shot, or one of Batman’s flashbacks. Whatever it is, it’ll be amazing to see Batman and Deathstroke go head to head.

Does Deathstroke News Kill Earlier Reports?

The news of Deathstroke is undoubtedly exciting, especially with the idea of him battling it out against the Dark Knight. As exciting as it is this news somewhat contradicts early reports of Affleck’s Batman being a villain-filled movie, according to slashfilm.com when talking about The Batman: “It’s going to be crammed with Bat villains, which means that just about every major bad guy you’ve ever wanted to see in a movie will be in this movie.” This report led some to believe it could possibly feature Batman somehow trapped in Arkham Asylum with his so many of his rogues. The rumors of Slade Wilson and Bruce Wayne battling may have dispelled the Batman's rogue movie.

Or Is Deathstroke Part Of The Rogues? (Spoiler)

Could this all just be part of Geoff’s and Ben’s plan for this "whose who" of Batman villains? Possibly. Before Deathstroke was introduced there were rumors that Suicide Squad member Deadshot may also be part of the Batman solo film. We already saw how Deadshot had Batman to thank for his incarceration thanks to an anonymous tip after a night out with his daughter, shame.

Having Deathstroke inserted into Batman’s world does bring clarity to one rumor. Batman does in fact have a lengthy list of enemies, and it looks like we might see more of them than we hoped for. According to CinemaBlend, “Ben Affleck and Geoff Johns's new Batman reboot is going to jump-start the Caped Crusader's franchise with a full compliment of villains already established.” With the mention of Deadshot possibly being part of the solo movie, Joker being fully established, and now Deathstroke being mentioned maybe, just maybe this all-star movie is exactly where Ben and Geoff are headed.

Deathstroke Means Further Expansion Of The DCEU

Deathstroke has been used as the go-to bad guy for DC. Think about it: Deathstroke has been featured on Teen Titans as Slade, DC Animated film Son of Batman, Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, videos games Arkham Origins and Injustice, and a couple of TV shows. Some years ago he was featured on Smallville as General Slade Wilson, the eye-patch wearing US General who brought forth the registration act — definitely not the best depiction of him. Currently, Manu Bennett is portraying Deathstroke on CW’s Arrow (#bringmanuback). Manu Bennett’s version of the mercenary is the standard — good luck surpassing that.

Deathstroke is one of the most important villains/antivillains DC has to offer. Not many DC villains have battled it out against Nightwing, Superman, Batman, Lobo, Green Arrow, and the Titans. Plus, his story alone makes for a fantastic solo movie (hint hint). Surely Deathstroke isn’t going be some one and done throwaway villain — he’s too important to DC for that.

Could Deathstroke Be A Stripping Werewolf?

What Joe Manganiello could look like as Deathstroke
What Joe Manganiello could look like as Deathstroke

Well that’s the million-dollar question isn’t it? Remember back before Suicide Squad was just in the casting phase and rumors surrounded who would be part of the team?: Movieweb.com was one site that reported Scott Eastwood would in fact play Slade Wilson: “As for Scott Eastwood, an insider reportedly saw the name featured on the actor's costume, which reads "S. Wilson," meaning he is actually playing Slade Wilson, a.k.a. Deathstroke.” Of course we now know that he was Lieutenant GQ Edwards in Suicide Squad.

While they were obviously totally wrong, there was another name that surfaced in that report: Joe Manganiello. Thanks to Forbes, we got a ton of interesting and cryptic coincidences that really help fuel the rumor. The True Blood and Magic Mike star has been rumored to tested for a part in The Batman, and he recently visited the UK, where Justice League is currently filming. Just to pour more gasoline on the fire, Geoff and Ben have made small changes to the Justice League to directly set up for The Batman. I believe in coincidences, but c’mon this is a bit much. Joe M. may not have the resume of some of the names most of us want to play Deathstroke, but if you’ve read any of my articles you know I’m an optimist and a fan of his, so I’m all in. Plus, in Batfleck, I trust.

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Watch the two titans go head-to-head in the animated video below: