Zack Snyder’s Justice League is feeling like one big family reunion. Everyone is back on board to bring this film to life once more. Even if most of them are going to be at each other’s throats, keep in mind that they’re along for the ride through thick and thin. One of the later additions for the director’s cut was Joe Manganiello‘s Slade Wilson, aka Deathstroke. The mercenary had only previously appeared once in the DCEU. That was at the tail end of the theatrical Justice League release, in which we saw the character meet up with a now bald Lex Luthor. He offered Deathstroke the chance to form a league that can rival that of the newly founded Justice League.
Manganiello shared a new look at his character for the upcoming film. It seems mostly faithful to what we saw in the initial release with a few changes. This version seems to be slightly older than when we saw him last time. His hair seems much whiter, and he is sporting a mohawk. If you didn’t know, Manganiello did everything to prepare for this role. He took up sword fighting and katana lessons, as well as researching the best form of martial arts for the character to use. All that for a minor cameo, as he believed it would turn into a larger role later down the line. This more grizzled look could hint at Wilson showing up in a Knightmare scene, or it could be what Snyder intended his Deathstroke to look like in the first place.
— JOE MANGANIELLO (@JoeManganiello) November 19, 2020
Manganiello was once slated to be the main villain of Ben Affleck‘s Batman movie and receive his spinoff from director Gareth Evans who worked on the highly praised Raid franchise that was ultimately known for its intense martial arts action sequences. It’s unclear now what the future holds for Slade Wilson in the DCEU, but hopefully, this won’t be the last time we see him.