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Article by Gregg Katzman

It’s official: Slade Wilson, a.k.a. Deathstroke the Terminator, is joining DC’s evergrowing cinematic universe – and his movie design appears to be inspired by his costume in Batman: Arkham Origins. Who has DC and WB cast for the role? We have no idea, but we do know we’re seriously excited to see DC’s deadly mercenary on the big screen! We strongly encourage reading some of Slade’s stories – especially the Judas Contract and The Trial of the Terminator, which are in Tales of the Teen Titans – but for now, here are a few things everyone should know about Deathstroke.

Oh, and just so you know, Deathstroke – who was created by Marv Wolfman and George Perez – made his debut in 1980 (New Teen Titans #2); Deadpool – who was created by Rob Liefeld and Fabian Nicieza – made his debut in 1991 (The New Mutants #98).

He has enhanced physicality


Slade’s physically superior to ordinary humans. After a military experiment (pictured above), the guy’s strength, speed, reflexes, and stamina are enhanced, and he even has a healing factor that allows him to recover from non-lethal injuries. This healing factor has saved him from quite a few rough hits, but it does have its limits – that’s why his right eye couldn’t regrow after it was destroyed (we’ll explain how that happened in a bit). Simply put, the guy is strong and swift.


He’s often considered to be DC’s most dangerous mercenary


The DC Universe is full of incredibly dangerous mercenaries and assassins. Deadshot. David Cain. KGBeast. Bane. Lady Shiva. Those are just a few of the formidable foes that no one in their right mind would want to face. However, Deathstroke is often considered to be the most dangerous mercenary in the DC Universe, and understandably so. We just talked about his impressive physical capabilities, but he’s also a brilliant tactician, extremely skilled in hand-to-hand and armed combat, and he’s often carrying around a variety of weaponry and impressive armor. He’s probably the best there is at what he does, but what he does definitely isn’t very nice.


Calling his family history “complicated” is an understatement


Go ahead and read the above page. Go on, I’ll give you a minute. Okay, you read it? Yeah, Slade’s family life is just a wee bit complicated, isn’t it? Back in the army, Slade was trained by Captain Adeline Kane. The two fell in love and eventually had two kids: Joseph Wilson (who had the ability to possess others) and Grant Wilson (who admired Deathstroke and had enhanced abilities). When Joseph was put in danger because of Slade’s work as a mercenary, Adeline attempted to kill her husband. She tried to shoot Slade in the head, but instead hit him in the right eye. Slade later has another child with a different woman (Lillian Worth): Rose Wilson. Rose has precognitive abilities and, just like her father, she’s enhanced and ridiculously dangerous. She’d go on to become Ravager and a member of the Teen Titans. Also, Slade has his very own Alfred Pennyworth: William Wintergreen. He’s Slade’s closest ally and friend, and even saved Slade Wilson a long time ago (back when Wintergreen was serving in the British army). Slade would go on to return the favor and rescue Wintergreen when he was a prisoner of war.


Yes, he’s beat up Batman


Deathstroke is no stranger to the Batman family. He was introduced as a Teen Titans villain, so that gave him an immediate connection to Dick Grayson. The two have encountered plenty of times over the years, and Slade has also fought many other people connected to Batman, like Azrael (Jean-Paul Valley), Robin (Damian Wayne), Red Hood, and Cassandra Cain. We could make a very long list of memorable Deathstroke fight scenes, but one important takeaway is that the guy’s so talented that he has taken down the Dark Knight multiple times. Now, it is worth noting that Slade is impressed by Batman’s capabilities and even once commented that he’d hate to fight Batman without his enhanced abilities, but it doesn’t change the fact that he has what it takes to take down the Caped Crusader if he really wants to.


It’s safe to say Deathstroke will have at least one jaw-dropping fight when he appears on the big screen, but only time will tell whether or not he’ll be joined by Wintergreen or have a complicated family history. No matter how the cinematic version is handled, we hope this article at least taught some of you a little more about the mercenary, and hopefully inspired you to read some of his comics! Seriously, go get the Judas Contract – there’s even going to be an animated movie inspired by it in 2017!

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