For nearly a full year, DC fans have been expecting The Batman to feature Magic Mike star Joe Manganiello as main antagonist Slade Wilson, a.k.a. Deathstroke. But the Caped Crusader's new solo movie has gone through a lot of changes since the start of 2017, namely with War for the Planet of the Apes' Matt Reeves taking over as both the director and writer. Reeves then confirmed last month that he's starting from scratch with The Batman's story, and while Manganiello has been informed about what the situation with Deathstroke is, he can't reveal whether or not the character is appearing in Reeves' new story.

Since The Batman hasn't been scheduled, it's unclear when we'll find out if Deathstroke will remain the movie's villain. In the meantime, we've compiled the top reasons why it would be wise to keep Slade Wilson in his current position. Starting off, let's look at how he hasn't received nearly as much attention as a Batman opponent compared to other baddies.

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He Hasn't Been Used In A Theatrical Movie Yet

Batman has the biggest rogues gallery of the DC Comics superheroes, and certainly one as large as Spider-Man's, if not larger. With eight live action movies (nine if you count Suicide Squad, which had Batman in it, but wasn't focused on him), a significant number of the Caped Crusader's enemies have been adapted for the big screen; some of them more than once, like Joker, Catwoman and Bane. Deathstroke, however, is one of the few who hasn't gotten his due yet. Slade Wilson has been played on live action TV twice in the last decade: by Michael Hogan on Smallville and by Manu Bennett on Arrow, with the latter earning praise for his performance.

Keeping Deathstroke into The Batman is the next best step for boosting his popularity, and while we expect to see new versions of Batman villains who've already appeared in movies, the DCEU needs to kick off this era of the Dark Knight's standalone adventures with a conflict that isn't familiar to moviegoers who don't read the comics. Batman Begins did that for the Christoper Nolan era with Scarecrow and Ra's al Ghul, and Deathstroke can kick off Matt Reeves' tenure with a bang by spotlighting Deathstroke and giving audiences something new.

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