DC’s resident terminator is coming to the DC Universe streaming service.
The flagship show of the streamer, Titans, has announced that Esai Morales has been cast as Slade Wilson/Deathstroke. The character will join Conner Kent/Superboy as the second major addition to the series’ sophomore season.
The weekly show follows the superhero squad that’s led by Batman’s ex-sidekick, Robin, aka Dick Grayson (Brenton Thwaites), and includes the hot-tempered alien princess Starfire (Anna Diop), the mysterious empath Raven (Teagan Croft), and the green-skinned shape-shifter Beast Boy (Ryan Potter).
The character bio from the show’s producers:
“Slade Wilson is known for being DC’s deadliest assassin. While serving his country, Slade became an elite soldier before government testing enhanced his physiology to near superhuman levels, putting him on a path of darkness and revenge. To his family, Slade is a father and husband, but to the rest of the world, he is feared by many as the infamous Deathstroke; selling his services to the highest bidder as the ruthless assassin that never gives up and never misses.”
Deathstroke is one of the most popular DC characters, having played major roles in the popular Teen Titans animated series from Cartoon Network as well as the 2018 feature film Teen Titans Go! to the Movies. Deathstroke has also been portrayed by Manu Bennett in 36 episodes of The CW series Arrow while Joe Manganiello (True Blood) appeared as the assassin in the 2017 feature film Justice League but only with an uncredited cameo.
Deathstroke was originally rumored to appear in Ben Affleck’s original version of the DCEU Batman film before handing the project over to Matt Reeves. It is unclear as of now if Manganiello will reprise the role but with Titans including the character in their show, it is unlikely.
Manganiello was also rumored to reprise his role in a solo Deathstroke film from Gareth Evans, but that project is rumored to be at stand still.