Batman and Deathstroke are going to fight in the DCEU. You know it, I know it, and we couldn't be more excited. Ben Affleck recently leaked footage of Slade Wilson's imminent debut on Twitter, and all of us have now begun imagining what such a fight could even look like. If you need any more reason to look forward to the showdown between Bruce Wayne and Mr. Wilson, look no further than the animated short film directed by Deadpool's Tim Miller. Check it out below.
Isn't that amazing? It's a video that showcases everything you need to know about Batman and Deathstroke in less than five minutes. Taking place on a cold Gotham night, the film follows Batman as he inspects some Black Mask funny business at the snow-covered docks. Eventually he finds himself ambushed by Slade Wilson, and the two begin a vicious hand-to-hand battle highlighting their very specific skills and abilities. It's fast, it's brutal, and it's everything a DC fan could hope for.
Of course, we should note that we are aware that this is an older video. Tim Miller's animated battle between Deathstroke and The Dark Knight premiered a few years ago to get fans excited for the release of Batman: Arkham Origins. However, the recent revelation that Deathstroke will play an important role as the main villain in Ben Affleck's solo Batman movie gives us renewed interest in this particular scene. It offers us an amazing glimpse of what such a cinematic battle could possibly look like. Take note, Mr. Affleck.
This raises another question: how the hell did a promotional video for Batman: Arkham Origins give us better action than the entire Dark Knight trilogy? The answer is Tim Miller. Between this and the leaked Deadpool test footage, it's clear that the guy knows how to direct animated action. Someone at Warner Bros. should really consider bringing him back for the long-rumored Lobo movie that he was once attached to; he would kill it.
There's another aspect of this video that really gets us excited: the sheer level of immersion it provides the audience. From references to Oliver Queen, to the arrival of Deadshot on the scene towards the end, the entire video feels like a living, breathing representation of the DC mythos. If Ben Affleck needs inspiration in the creation of his own Gotham City, then he should look no further than this scene. Get Will Smith involved and make it a three-way battle.
CinemaBlend will keep you up to date with any and all details related to the upcoming release of the solo Batman movie as more information becomes available to us. Ben Affleck's directorial debut in the DCEU doesn't have a release date yet, but it's only a matter of time before one is announced. Now if you'll excuse me, I need to go dust off my copy of Batman: Arkham Origins and play it again.