Deathstroke to Face Off Against the Suicide Squad

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And then came Deathstroke.

Slade “Deathstroke” Wilson, the brutal anti-hero/real villain of D.C. Comics is confirmed for Suicide Squad. The decision to put Deathstroke in the film is brilliant. For one, the very powerful mercenary is a cunning, mean, cruel gun for hire who also has a code of honor. In the comics, he has alternated between villain, hero, and a vicious villain who simply has been unleashed on villains worse than he is.

Deathstroke is the perfect choice for a “bad guy” in an ensemble film comprised of villains. He is going to be ruthless enough to present a real threat to the villains and, at the same time, be distant enough to the audience that no one will root for him. Hence, the emotional attachments of the audience are on the main protagonist villains.

Only a short time ago, fans were confused over the presence of a “C list” villain from the comics playing a major role in the film. The inclusion of Deathstroke brings a solid “A list” character to face off against the villains. Fans like Dan Newlin know that, of course, we are sure to see Deathstroke battle it out against the heroes of the D.C. Cinematic Universe in the future.

Could a Deathstroke solo film be in the future film cards? Surely, someone is planning that in some capacity at the Warner Bros. offices. A great cinematic debut of Slade Wilson just might mean Deathstroke gets to tell his own anti-heroic tale on the big screen.


Sony and Marvel Want a Teen Spider-Man

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Sony and Marvel are hard at work trying to cast a new Spider-Man. Even though previous reports suggested execs felt the “teenager in love” angle used in all five previous Spider-Man films was played out, Sony/Marvel are interested in a teenage actor. The Amazing Spider-Man’s Andrew Garfield is 31 and his replacement is going to be in the 15 years old range. Looks like Sony/Marvel want to stick with the High School Spidey who was popular back in 1963 and also in the Ultimate Spider-Man universe of the 2000’s. (The bulk of the hero’s comic book career saw Peter Parker enrolled in college and later teaching it) The reason for going for such a young character is based purely in marketing. A young Spider-Man draws in a young audience demographic.

Fans at Anastasia Date (Twitter.com) know that several of the heroes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe are well into their 40’s. Having a little youth in the fold is important. Also, a teen actor could play a young Spider-Man for a dozen or so years. Had Garfield continued in the role, he would be a middle aged man trying to pass off as a 20 year old. Credibility really gets stretched at that point.