Back in August, we discovered that Ben Affleck's (Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice) long planned solo Batman movie would feature Deathstroke as its key villain. Despite that movie being a good 18 months away, we also discovered that Joe Manganiello (Magic Mike) is set to play him. But now it seems the mercenary, also known as Slade Wilson, could well be popping up in next year's Justice League.
At least, that is what the internet has decided, after Justice League director Zack Snyder (Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice) tweeted a photo of himself fiddling with a storyboard on an iPad. Online sleuths were quick to zoom and enhance the picture to reveal that the storyboards show the distinctive eyepatch of Deathstroke himself.
Snyder could well just be looking at some early Batman storyboards. Or it could just coincidentally be another character with an eyepatch. Warner Bros have yet to confirm either way.
But posting a high definition image with easily observable sensitive information like this hardly seems like an accident. It also makes sense that they would cast the character this early – DC Entertainment's superhero ensemble movie recently completed principle photography, so Manganiello might have popped along to Warner Bros' Leavesden studios for a little cameo.
More concrete information is sure to arrive between now and 17 November next year, when Justice League arrives in cinemas.