This post contains spoilers for Justice League.
Marv Wolfman, co-creator of DC villain Deathstroke has called the character’s post-credits appearance in Justice League “perfect.”
Justice League, which opened on November 17th, earned only $94 million on its opening weekend at the domestic box office, making it the lowest ever opening for a DCEU film – a gross of $72 million less than the critically and fan-panned Batman V Superman.
However, despite the underwhelming reception to the new film, fans have still found a lot of reasons to be excited about the film, including the debut of Joe Manganiello’s Deathstroke/Slade Wilson.
Wolfman expressed his enthusiasm for the revealof his character in a Facebook post this weekend, where he stated, “Photo courtesy of Joe Manganiello who looks like he stepped right out of the pages of New Teen Titans. Does he look perfect or what? Cannot wait to see where he appears next.”
This appearance comes 27 years after Deathstroke’s comicbook debut, when the character (created by Wolfman and George Perez) showed up in Issue #2 of The New Teen Titans in December 1980. Since this time, the character’s only live-action appearance has come in The CW’s Arrow series, where he’s played by Manu Bennett.
The Justice League post-credits scene, where Arkham Asylum’s guards discover that Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) has escaped from the facility. It then cuts to a scene with Luthor on board his yacht, when Deathstroke arrives, removing his mask to reveal Manganiello as Wilson beneath. The most exciting part, however, is when Luthor alludes to the formation of the Injustice League, asking Wilson “Shouldn’t we have a league of our own?”
The really interesting part of Wolfman’s message is the fact he states “Cannot wait to see where he appears next” since it’s anyone guess where the assassin will show up next. Deathstroke appearing in the manner he has certainly leaves options open for Warner Bros., but hopefully his next appearance will be sooner rather than later, perhaps in Matt Reeve’s The Batman.