DEATHSTROKE JOINS THE DC CINEMATIC UNIVERSE…
Finally… It’s the news all DC Comics’ fanatics have been waiting for, Slade Wilson better known by his alter ego ‘Deathstroke the Terminator’ has been revealed to be joining DC’s burgeoning cinematic universe after ‘The Batman’ himself, Ben Affleck shared a mysterious clip of the world’s most dangerous mercenary.
It is increasingly looking like he will be the main antagonist in Batman’s solo film, but in the footage he appears to walking through the cargo bay of the Flying Fox, the large aircraft which will be used as a mobile base of operations for the Justice League, so could we be getting a cameo appearance from the mercenary with the most in the currently filming Justice League flick? We certainly hope so. Check out the footage below fellow fans of fantastic fiction…
BLACK LIGHTNING WILL STRIKE THE SMALL SCREEN…
Film and television writer/director Greg Berlanti has confirmed that he is in the process of pitching a series based upon DC’s popular Superhero ‘Black Lightning’. Berlanti is the brains behind such televisual hits as Supergirl, Arrow, The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow.
Black Lightning, (real name Jefferson Pierce) was created by Tony Isabella and Trevor Von Eeden, and made his first appearance in ‘Black Lightning #1’ in April 1977. Jefferson is one of the first major African-American Superheroes to appear in comics, he has been an on/off member of The Justice League, and a regular in the Batman created team ‘The Outsiders’. Jefferson’s powers include – the generation and manipulation of electricity, flight, and the ability to conjure force fields. He is also a gold medal winning decathlete and master of various martial arts.
WONDER WOMAN TEAMS UP WITH BIONIC WOMAN FOR THE ULTIMATE 70’s NOSTALGIA FEST…
Iconic seventies TV superstars – Lynda Carter’s Wonder Woman and Lindsay Wagner’s Bionic Woman will return in a spectacular team up comic! The joint project between DC Comics and Dynamite Entertainment titled ‘Wonder Woman ’77 Meets The Bionic Woman’ see’s our sterling Superheroines collaborating to take down the sinister sect known as ‘CASTRA’.
DC Comics’ series ‘Wonder Woman ’77’ has been a fantastic homage to the original 70’s TV show, a fun and camp comic with astounding art that has superbly encapsulated the nostalgia and atmosphere of the original show. The idea of Diana Prince and Jamie Sommers teaming up is awesome, and we are very much looking forward to this historic collaboration, consider our breath very much bated!
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Welcome once again my comic collecting cohorts to another episode of “Comic Cover Of The Week,” and this weeks spotlight falls upon yet another ‘ornery, bush-whackin’, doggone, shootinist-tootinist Looney Tunes variant cover starring none other than Yosemite Sam, who seems to have bitten off more than he can chew, in a death dealing duel with the mercenary with the most; Deathstroke.
DC Comics have been celebrating parent company, Warner Bros’ excellent cartoon classics with a month long comic cover homage to their most beloved characters, Daffy Duck, Bugs Bunny, Wile Coyote and many more have been invading the covers of some of DC‘s biggest characters to hilarious effect.
Also of note is the standard cover by the exceedingly talented Tyler Kirkham, showcasing a Deathstroke/Harley Quinn team-up, a more dangerous duo I cannot imagine, as Slade continues his mission to get at Suicide Squad mentor Amanda Waller, and he’s determined that he’ll go through any Supervillain that tries to get in his way… including Catwoman.
Deathstroke #12 is available at your local comic book emporium right now. Written by: James Bonny, Tony S. Daniel. Cover and interior art by: Tyler Kirkham. Variant cover by: Ryan Benjamin, Warner Bros Animation.
Super-Villain Sunday this week brings you the original Terminator himself, Slade Wilson, aka Deathstroke. Created by Marv Wolfman and George Perez in 1980, making his first appearance in The New Teen Titans #2. Slade was originally an officer in the US armed forces, who towards the end of his military career volunteered for a dangerous genetic experiment that was designed to increase brain capacity and create a super soldier.
The experiment however was rejected by the military and deemed an overall failure, due to most of the subjects dying or being left in a vegetative state, Slade was amongst them. Unbeknownst to the Army, Slade’s strength, agility and brain capacity had increased exponentially, and after being discharged honourably by the Army, he recuperated and became the costumed mercenary/assassin, Deathstroke.
Originally created as a villain for the Teen Titans, battling them on many occasions over the years, he would eventually branch out, becoming a major adversary for both Batman and Green Arrow. Slade’s iconic two-tone mask hides the fact that he lost an eye during a military incursion in his former life as a soldier, this would usually affect the performance and visual acuity of a normal human, but with Slade able to access 90% of his brains capacity, this impairment is not noticeable to him.
In the past few years, Deathstroke’s popularity has exploded, with his inclusion in video-games such as Arkham Origins and Injustice: Gods Among Us, and also the popular television series, Arrow. With DC Comics cinematic universe unfolding on the silver screen over the next few years, comes the very real possibility of seeing everyone’s favourite merc-villain appearing on the big screen as an antagonist to at least one of DC’s heroes, in fact, I would not be at all surprised to see him pop up in at least a cameo role in the 2016 Suicide Squad movie, seeing as he is one of the squad’s most famous on/off team members.
Super-Villain Rating: World’s Most Dangerous Mercenary.
Deathstroke Required Reading Recommendations: Identity Crisis. Deathstroke: Legacy. The New Teen Titans: The Judas Contract.
Here at Precinct1313 we don’t just read about Superheroes, like all dedicated comic fans we also like to collect Superheroes. Our favourite toys and statues are produced by the amazing – Kotobukiya, a Japanese manufacturer that has been making toys and figures since 1947 when a single shop was opened by Jusaburo Shimizu to make dolls.
It became a limited company in 1951, but it wasn’t until 1985 that they made their first licensed figure – Godzilla, since then the company has grown into the leading licensed toy and statue manufacturer on the planet, their attention to detail is second to none and each and every piece they put out is a work of art. We love this company and already have many of their amazing statues adorning our shelves in the comic crypt, but there is always room for more! So we will be doing an occasional look at whatever is on our current wish-list from this amazing company, beginning with…
Deathstroke, Slade Wilson…another fantastic statue from the masters at Kotobukiya, the statue stands 12 inches in height and is, as always intricately detailed and is posed dynamically with sword in hand. The mask itself is held in place with a small magnet which allows you to remove it so you can see Slade’s grizzled features. The paint work as ever is stunning and it comes with a stand with Deathstroke embossed in large letters upon it, our lives are not complete without this…we need it as much as we do air or water (maybe even more than that!).