Marv Wolfman, co-creator of the DC Comics character Deathstroke, has praised his usage in the recent DC Extended Universe film Justice League.
Posting a picture of him on his Facebook page, Wolfman wrote “Photo courtesy of Joe Manganiello who looks like he stepped right out of the pages of New Teen Titans. Does he look perfect or what? Cannot wait to see where he appears next.”
He also advises people to “stay to the very, very end,” alluding to the fact that Manganiello’s Deathstroke only appears in the film’s second and final post-credits scene.
Deathstroke the Terminator, real name Slade Wilson, is an assassin who originally focused on fighting the Teen Titans, though he has since expanded into a more general DC Comics antagonist and anti-hero. A scientific experiment gave him enhanced physical abilities, and he has his own peculiar moral code that makes him a more interesting villain than just a plain, thoughtless killer.
In the Justice League post-credits scene, Deathstroke meets with Lex Luthor (played by Jesse Eisenberg), who is revealed to have escaped prison and left a body double in his place. The two discuss the recent formation of the Justice League, and Luthor suggests that they begin “a league of our own,” implying some sort of villain team-up in a sequel film.
In the DCEU, Deathstroke is apparently an antagonist of Ben Affleck’s Batman; he was originally slated to appear in The Batman solo film, though at this point his involvement is up in the air.
Justice League was the first time that fans could see Deathstroke in a live-action movie, but he is no stranger to adaptations: he was one of the chief antagonists of the Teen Titans cartoon, had a smaller part in Young Justice, appeared in several of the DC Universe Animated Original Movies and was a recurring antagonist on the Arrow TV show.