The Dark Knight has no shortage of enemies. In fact, Batman has some of the most recognizable villains in comic book history. We've seen the Joker, Bane, Mr. Freeze and even Harley Quinn have their moments on the big screen. Now for Batman's next solo outing, it's time for a new villain to terrorize Gotham. And it looks like that villain will be fan favorite DC Comics assassin Deathstroke.
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Ben Affleck, who is writing, directing, and starting in the next Batman solo movie, recently turned to social media to release mysterious footage of the master martial artist and combat strategist.
The Wrap recently confirmed that instead of playing a villainous role in the upcoming Justice League, Deathstroke will instead serve as the main antagonist in Affleck's solo Batman film. The news has caused great excitement for DC and Batman films, but Deathstroke's role in the Batman movie could have a much bigger impact on the DCEU than fans might expect.
Prepare For More Awesome Batman Fight Scenes
Though Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice wasn't exactly well-received critically, just about everyone loved watching Batsy kick serious tail in the film's warehouse fight scene. Though the scene resorted to tossing Bats a gang of faceless thugs to fight, something we've seen during his cinematic battles with brutish villains like Bane and intellectual foes like Scarecrow and the Penguin.
With Deathstroke as the new villain, we'll get to see an antagonist that can match and even exceed Batman's combat skills. Imagine Batman's fighting style in BvS, but against a foe that can repeatedly best him in hand-to-hand combat. That's sure to provide epic fight scenes that we've never seen in a Batman movie yet!
This Time It's Personal
Deathstroke isn't just some mob boss for Batman to take down, and he's not the head honcho of some devious organization preparing to take over the world. Deathstroke is just one man — one super strong and intelligent assassin. Batman has dealt with assassins before. We saw him fight Ra's Al Ghul and the League of Shadows in Batman Begins, and we saw him take down Deadshot in Suicide Squad. But this time, it's different.
An entire movie hinged around Deathstroke is fascinating, because for Batman to put that much focus on a single assassin, Deathstroke must have killed someone really important, someone to cause enough of a mess to get Batman involved.
Could Nightwing Enter the Fray?
Deathstroke isn't the only fan-favorite Batman character that fans want to see on the big screen. People have been begging for Nightwing ever since Joseph Gordon-Levitt discovered the Batcave at the end of The Dark Knight Rises. Luckily for us, Deathstroke and Nightwing have a bit of a history.
Remember when I said that this fight will probably be more personal for Batman? Well in the comics, Deathstroke assisted in the destruction of Blüdhaven, the home of Nightwing. If Blüdhaven was destroyed in the movie, that would not only get Batman's attention, but it could mean a team-up between Nightwing and Batman against Deathstroke, something fans would definitely be interested in watching.
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What About The Joker?
Since we first saw Ben Affleck's Bruce Wayne in BvS, we've known that he has a troubled past with the Joker. Remember Robin's vandalized suit? Remember Wayne's comment about "freaks dressed like clowns"? Even in Suicide Squad, we learned more about Harley Quinn's involvement in Robin's death. Surely this means that Batman is ready for an epic revenge story against his longtime nemesis.
With the Deathstroke reveal, that no longer seems likely. Deathstroke isn't just a sideline baddie for Batman to beat up — he's been outed as the main villain. That means that the Joker most likely won't be in the Batman solo movie at all.
Sure, they could set up the Joker more in a second Suicide Squad movie, or the anticipated Harley Quinn solo movie. But with the busy DCEU slate, there's not a whole lot of room for the Joker to have his moment, especially with Darkseid coming to cause trouble in Justice League.
It's no surprise that Jared Leto wasn't overly happy with the way that the Joker was used in Suicide Squad. Perhaps the critical lashings that the movie received coupled with Leto's unhappiness could spell the end of the Joker as we know him in the DCEU.
Enter the Arkham Knight
Even if the Joker does come to an end in the DCEU, that doesn't mean that the character development of Jason Todd has to go to waste. If anyone is familiar with the Batman: Arkham Knight video game, perhaps you know that Deathstroke and the Arkham Knight worked together to terrorize Gotham. And who is the Arkham Knight? Well — SPOILER ALERT — but the Knight is none other than Jason Todd.
Maybe the solo Batman movie could start out with Deathstroke going to assassinate the Joker in order to lure out the Bat. When Batman arrives, he finds himself caught between two assassins — Deathstroke and the Arkham Knight. Batman is then forced to defeat two well-trained killers, and at the end he convinces Jason Todd to help him defeat Deathstroke. Todd could then become the Red Hood vigilante.
In this scenario, even with the Joker taking a back seat, Affleck and company could still finalize the Jason Todd story established in BvS. Besides, what's more dangerous than one professional and well-trained assassin? Two assassins!
Deathstroke's introduction into the DCEU is certainly going to make make Batman's next story a lot more interesting. It could mean drastic changes for the direction of the DC films so far, though we'll just have to wait and see what happens and how exactly the character is handled.
What Batman villain do you want to see in the DCEU?
[Source: The Wrap]