After months of wondering who the main antagonist in Ben Affleck's Batman movie will be, the question seems to have finally been answered. Last week, after Affleck posted a video of a live action Deathstroke on social media, it was reported that Slade Wilson will be the primary villain in the Dark Knight's first DCEU solo movie. Although he's fought numerous heroes in the DC universe, Deathstroke has had a special feud with Batman for decades, so to see them finally battle each other in live action is an exciting prospect.

However, it's important to remember that for the most part (the Teen Titans cartoon and Arrow being some of the notable exceptions), Deathstroke isn't a scheming antagonist. He's certainly smart, but he's a mercenary, meaning that he works for whoever will pay him. So even though he'll give Batman a run for his money, it's likelier than not that he doesn't hold a personal grudge against the Caped Crusader. If that's the case, who has hired him to attack Batman in the solo movie. We have some candidates in mind...


The Penguin started out as a typical super villain committing crimes either on his own or with a gang, but in the modern era, he prefers to manage his illegal enterprises from the Iceberg Lounge, his "legitimate business." So although he's not unwilling to make an example of one of his minions if they fail him, usually with one of his gimmick umbrellas, he would prefer not to get his hands dirty fighting Batman himself. That's why he'd bring Deathstroke on board instead. After years of unsuccessfully trying to eliminate the Caped Crusader using his own manpower, Penguin decides to hire Slade Wilson to get the job done. Although a younger Oswald Cobblepot is one of Gotham's lead characters, it's been almost 25 years since we've seen Penguin properly battle Batman in live action. Now is a good time to bring in a new version of him, but with Deathstroke's involvement, it won't feel like retreading a story fans have already seen or read.

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