Social media can go ablaze at the best of times, even when it isn't entirely warranted. But the millions of DC fans out there can be forgiven for feeling a little excited when Ben Affleck sent out a part of a production scene featuring a new bad boy on the block - Deathstroke.
According to Collider, the character is reportedly set to make a cameo appearance in the Justice League installment. Word is spreading that he might be the central villain in Affleck's stand alone Batman feature. Over 50,000 retweets and 78,000 likes alone on Twitter intimates that this could be a popular choice.
— Ben Affleck (@BenAffleck) August 29, 2016
Some Deathstroke Background For The Uninitiated
Deathstroke, AKA Slade Wilson, entered the mainstream in 1980 with the comic book The New Teen Titans and has gone on to battle a host of DC heroes such as the Flash, Green Lantern, Green Arrow and of course, Batman. Although he looks menacing enough with his mask, suit and wielding of a deadly sword, he does not possess any superpowers of note.
That might be an indication of what Affleck wants to do when he splinters off from the Justice League to direct and run the show with his caped crusader. Rather than taking on oversized CGI monsters or magical creatures from another universe, he wants his counterparts to be grounded in reality much like Bruce Wayne himself.
DC Needs Justice League To Work With Critics
Whether Deathstroke is just in it for a cameo or a more prominent role is besides the point because put simply, DC cannot afford to flop in the eyes of the critics with Justice League. As the 3-hour extravaganza Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice sits on a Rotten Tomatoes rating of just 27%, publishers around the world will have their pens sharpened ready to go as hopes rise but expectations drop.
The film will provide new blood through the Flash and Aquaman to liven up the franchise and provide a point of difference away from Superman's villains General Zod and Lex Luthor. Raking in $872m at the box office will appease Warner Brothers and their associated sponsors but the real test for long-term success comes with a legacy and critical acclaim.