Deathstroke, also known as The Terminator and Slade Wilson, has been one of the greatest villains in the DC universe. He made his debut in the comics in the 1980s New Teen Titans #2. Needless to say, Slade Wilson is a DC legend. He has a very nuanced character. Further, he is often referred to as one of the deadliest assassins in the DC universe.
The former soldier turned mercenary needs an experienced actor to play him. He is an important character and his casting has to be done right. In this light, we take a look at the actors best suited to play this super-villain in The Batman 2. Some actors have the edge in experience, while others have other qualities that are attractive. Who do you think should play the role of Deathstroke? Let us know in the comments section below.
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1. Stephen Lang as the Deathstroke?
Stephen Lang has been one of the fan favorites to play the role of Deathstroke. Some even say that the two share a vague resemblance! Moreover, Lang has the physical characteristics desirable for this casting. He has a suitable voice and physical mannerisms, which would go well with the role of Slade Wilson. He has played intimidating characters before and played them well. All these points make him a good candidate to be cast as Deathstroke in the next Batman film.
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2. Clive Owen – Intimidating Demeanor
Owen is a gifted actor and has what it takes to play the nuanced role of the Deathstroke. Like Stephen Lang, he too has an intimidating demeanor. Which is something almost indispensable for the role of The Terminator. He has a great on-screen presence and is a reliable hand to play the important role of the super-villain.
3. Ron Perlman – Has Voiced The Deathstroke Before
Ron Perlman has, perhaps, one of the best profiles to play the role in this list. He has all the physical attributes desirable in an actor playing an antagonist. This veteran actor has voiced the Deathstroke in the animated series, Teen Titans. While Perlman may have the voice and other required characteristics for the role, his main weakness is his age. When it comes to intense action scenes, he may lag behind.
4. Tom Hardy – Impressive Physique
Tom Hardy has already distinguished himself as an actor who can play villains. He played Bane in 2012’s The Dark Knight Rises. Moreover, he has an impressive body to go with the role. Furthermore, age is on his side, and he could do well as the on-screen Slade Wilson.
5. Keanu Reeves – Promising Actor
Finally, we have Keanu Reeves. Reeves has given some amazing performances in the recent past and is a talented actor. Like Tom Hardy, he has the physique to go with the role. He can do full justice to action scenes. He has proved his doubters and naysayers wrong many times in his career before. All these things make him suitable for the role.
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