It was just recently revealed that Slade Wilson aka Deathstroke, an extremely deadly assassin/mercenary from the DC universe most likely going to be in the upcoming Justice League film, and might be the main villain in the Batman solo film. Everyone that knows Slade Wilson’s character is aware that he’s a very calculating, sinister, and formidable foe which leaves us all to wonder who would be the best choice to play this character on the big screen? Well we don’t know who Warner Bros. and DC have in mind, but here’s our list of 7 actors that we believe could play Deathstroke.
First up on our list is Liev Schreiber. Schreiber has been in many different types of movies, but he’s no stranger to action films. Some of you may remember him in X-Men Origins: Wolverine (even those most of us want to remember nothing from that movie), and others might have seen him in Salt. At age 48, he’s definitely not the oldest on our list. Plus, he’s in relatively good shape, so he shouldn’t have any problem taking on this sort of role. Schreiber has played an antagonist to the main character in films before, so we think he would be able to handle Deathstroke with ease.
Manu Bennett has actually portrayed Deathstroke on Arrow before, and fans were more than happy with his portrayal of the character. It’s obvious he has what it takes to take this character on, but due to the fact that DC’s TV and film universe are separate, it’s highly unlikely that’s he’ll make the jump to the DCEU. That doesn’t mean we can’t still wish for him to take this role on again. Maybe in an alternate universe this will actually happen.
Well known for his role as Leonidas in 300, Gerard Butler is an action star that many people recognize today. He’s been in many action films (they’re not very great, but.. they’re full of explosions and violence). He hasn’t had a role in any comic book films, so this would be a fresh start for him. Physically, we believe this would be a walk in the park for Butler. Our only issues with him are that he hasn’t really played characters with much substance to them besides Leonidas, and his recent films seen to have just been some quick cash grabs. We’ll just have to see if they consider him.
Stephen Lang is actually campaigning to play the character of Cable in the upcoming Deadpool sequel, and while it’d be totally badass to see him take that character on, we’d also want to see him take on Slade Wilson as well. If you’ve seen anything Lang has been in, you’d know he would be a great fit in the DCEU because he has no problem portraying the exact type of character that Deathstroke is. Despite being 64 years old, Lang is in great shape, and his work in his most recent film Don’t Breathe shows that he’s not opposed to getting physical, or getting his hands dirty. That’s exactly what’s needed to play Deathstroke.
Clive Owen is the one on this list who hasn’t been in many action films, but has some standout performances. You may remember him in films like The Bourne Identity, Sin City, and Shoot ‘Em Up (actually, maybe not that last one). He’s shown countless times that he’s able to handle the action, even though he’s almost even more well known his more artsy films. The only problem is that Owen is currently involved in three other projects, so we’re not positive he’d be able to make time in his schedule for this. He’s has a role in the 2017 film Valerian and The City of A Thousand Planets, which is based off a comic book, so we’ll have to see if he’d be willing to take on yet another comic book character after that.
At age 66, Ron Perlman is the oldest actor on this list, but that doesn’t mean we can’t wish for him to take on Slade Wilson. Most famous for his roles in Hellboy 1 & 2 and Sons of Anarchy, Perlman has never been opposed to a little action here and there in his films, but probably never as much as he would with Deathstroke, even though he has voiced the character before. That’s right, for those of you that don’t know, Ron Perlman voiced Slade in the popular Teen Titans series from the early 2000’s. He recently just shared a voice over of himself speaking over the newly released Deathstroke footage, which caused Nostalgia for many fans. However, Perlman has actually been campaigning to play Cable like Stephen Lang. Maybe one of them will get to play Cable and the other will play Deathstroke.
Finally, the man that’s been rumored for the role more than anyone else, even way before it was known that he would be in any DC films is Joe Manganiello. But it makes sense, because out of everyone on our list, he seems like the best pick. Joe Manganiello has a pretty impressive resume under his belt, and he’s taken on many different types of roles, but this one would probably be the icing on the cake for his career.
Manganiello has the acting chops needed to portray Slade Wilson with ease, what with everything he’s been in. He played Alcide Herveaux in the popular HBO series True Blood, and in that role he portrayed a character who would rather keep to himself, but if the situation arose, he’d take his enemies down with ease. Granted he was a werewolf in that show but that’s besides the point. he’s also in great shape and has done some of his own stunts, so if cast as Deathstroke, it’d probably be easy for him to handle the physicality that comes with the character. An added plus is that he played Flash Thompson in the Sam Raimi Spider-Man Trilogy, so it’s only right for him to return to a comic book film in some fashion.
And that’s our list! We think all of these guys would make a great Deathstroke, but sadly only one of them can play the role. Someone who’s not even on this list may get it, who knows. Regardless of that, let us know in the comment section who your first pick to play Deathstroke in the upcoming Batman film is.
Justice League Part One is scheduled to release on November 17th, 2017.
The Batman solo film has yet to receive a release date.