Comicbook.com is reporting here that Deathstroke is going to play a significant role in Warner Bros. and [director] David Ayer's [Suicide Squad](movie:2283363) movie. The report comes from a post on Reddit from a user who claims to have been in on a focus group regarding the film. The user posts that Deathstroke (not to be confused Deadshot) is Amanda Waller's muscle in the film, assigned with making sure everything goes according to plan with the other super villains who make up the team.
This makes a certain level of sense as Waller (the leader of the aforementioned Suicide Squad) would need some measure of control over the various villains. In the CW television series Arrow, the Suicide Squad is kept in check thanks to explosives implanted within their bodies. That's a suitable means to carry over into the film, but having a flesh and blood, imposing figure to act against them if needed is also very viable. Not to mention much more entertaining as a fight would be inevitable.
Warner Bros., of course, has been planning a shared universe of movies based on the DC Comics properties to rival that of Marvel Studios and Disney's series of Avengers films. The first film in this venture was 2013's Superman reboot, Man of Steel, from [director] Zack Snyder and [Executive Producer] Christopher Nolan. It was met with controversial reactions and often negative reviews (from myself, included) but it did well enough to warrant continuation. Next year's sequel, [Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice](movie:711870) appears to be taking a lot of the more questionable elements from MoS to heart and are setting them right for a better Superman experience. Despite my views on the first film I'm actually looking forward to the sequel.
David Ayer's Suicide Squad is the first shared DC universe movie to follow Batman v. Superman. It's already populated by such mainstays of that comic franchise as Deadshot (Will Smith), Rick Flag (Tom Hardy), Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney) and Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) with The Joker (recent Academy Award winner Jared Leto) serving as the main antagonist. According to the same Reddit report, Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) puts the team together to stop The Joker from setting off a series of devastating bombs.
Should it prove true, the introduction of Deathstroke (aka Slade Wilson) is a positive addition to the film, not only as a secondary antagonist, but also as a character that can easily crossover from film to film in some capacity or another – the same way that Samuel L. Jackson and Scarlett Johansson crossover in the Marvel films as Nick Fury and Black Widow, respectively.
There are a lot of actors that could easily play the DC universe's most feared assassin. In fact, he's already been played quite effectively by Manu Bennett (Spartacus: Blood & Sand, The Hobbit) on Arrow. Now, I'm not a news reporter and I have no inside sources in "the biz." I don't know what Warner Bros.' plans are nor do I have any familiarity with actors or their schedules, but I'm here to tell you that it's this writer's opinion that the film universe's Deathstroke should be played by Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Here are the five reasons why:
1. He's Still Arnold Schwarzenegger
Arnold was the epitome of the action hero in the 80s and 90s. It didn't matter what it was...Arnold could do it. And it usually involved killing a lot of people. Sure, he may have spent the better part of a decade in political office and gained some mileage in the age department but he's still Arnold Schwarzenegger dammit! Don't believe me? Go watch The Expendables 2 and The Last Stand right now! Hell, he's even coming out with a new Terminator movie next year! Now Deathstroke may not be the hero of the film but when it comes to action heroes and villains tend to be on the same level.
2. Arnold Looks The Part
Deathstroke is an imposing figure. He needs to be played by someone equally as imposing. Not just facially but physically. Say what you will about Schwarzenegger's age but he can still kick your ass. And Deathstroke is no spring chicken. He's been doing this for a while and has become the DCU's best assassin with time and experience. Also, Schwarzenegger even sported a Slade Wilson-esque goatee in the poorly received, though incredibly under appreciated, Escape Plan.
3. Arnold Has Worked With Ayer Before
Earlier this year David Ayer released the film Sabotage with Arnold Schwarzenegger in the lead role. Though not a fantastic film, Sabotage was built on some well executed action, which is what this film is going to need to stand out with non comic reading audiences. Plus, Arnold did his job pretty well in the flick, which means Ayer probably knows how to direct him. Actors and directors with a solid foundation typically tend to make great stuff together.
4. Arnold Has Marketability
"The Governator" has been busy trying to rebuild his film career since his political term ended. Though none of his films have been particularly great successes at the box office it can't be said that he still doesn't generate a certain amount of interest. Like I said earlier, just about any actor could step into the role of Deathstroke, but Warner Bros. is building a star studded cast. Throwing "And Arnold Schwarzenegger" at the end of a cast that already includes Will Smith, Tom Hardy, Jared Leto and Jai Courtney would be the best thing for them. Plus, Schwarzenegger has shown that he's not above the ensemble cast notion with his parts in The Expendables franchise. Imagine signing him to a multi-film contract that saw him also mix it up in at least one of the planned Justice League films or step out on his own in a Deathstroke solo film. There isn't one currently on the schedule but if a star like Arnold is cast then that could easily be remedied.
5. It's All In The Name
If there were no other reason to cast Arnold Schwarzenegger then it would simply be because of the name. Arnold is arguably best known for his starring role in The Terminator series and Slade Wilson is known as Deathstroke the Terminator. Imagine how much fun it would be to have one of those fourth wall nods to the audience when that name is thrown out there.
Waller: This is my associate Slade Wilson. You may know him as The Terminator.
Slade: I hate that damn name. Call me Deathstroke.
Y'know...or something to that effect. I'm sure the script is already written but there's always room for last minute changes to suit the actor cast in the role.
Now I may be way off base here. Again, it's not like I actually know anything. I just speak my mind and see if anyone listens. But if anyone else out there thinks this is just a winning idea then I guess the ball is in Warner Bros. court to try and make it happen.
So there you have it. The five reasons why I think Arnold Schwarzenegger should be the DC Cinematic Universe's Deathstroke. What do you think?
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