I’m genuinely shocked.

Welp, so much for that Arkham movie. Earlier this morning our good ole’ Bennie Affleck posted this cryptic tweet for all to see:

Naturally, this begged a number of questions: Why did Ben Affleck tweet this? What is this from? Is Deathstroke going to be in Justice League? Wasn’t this guy just in Suicide Squad  (I kid, I kid)? I’ll admit, I asked many of these questions myself. Fortunately, our friends at The Wrap provided us some answers.

Take it away Wrap:

Deathstroke will, in fact, be the main antagonist of the Batman standalone movie he’s directing, TheWrap has exclusively learned from an individual with knowledge of the situation.

Well I’ll be damned, we have our Batman villain. I’m actually surprised about this, for a number of reasons. While Deathstroke is a popular DC character, he is much more known for being a villain to the Teen Titans than to Batman. Geoff Johns and Ben Affleck have made in known that they want to tell “the ultimate Batman story” in their Batman flick, and to choose Deathstroke as their main villain seems like an odd choice to me.

Not that I’m opposed to it that is, it’s just so unexpected. I’m curious to see how this gels with the previous report that Affleck’s Batman film would have a large number of villains in it. Does this disprove that? Will Deathstroke assemble a team of Batman’s rogues (didn’t we just get that movie?) to take him out? Will the Joker and Harley Quinn have a role to play in this? It’d be shocking if they didn’t.

Honestly, I’m almost left with more questions than I had before this news. At the very least, Deathstroke is an inspired choice for a solo Batman film, and I have faith that Affleck will be able to pull it off and give us a great (maybe our only) DCEU film.

What do you guys think of the news that Deathstroke will be taking on the Batman? Love it? Hate it? Sound off in the comments below.

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