Providing no context but the footage itself, Ben Affleck’s Twitter account shared the following video today, which appears to confirm the appearance of a new villain in Warner Bros. upcoming Justice League.
The roughly 30-second video appears to depict Slade Wilson, alias Deathstroke the Terminator, one of the DC Universe’s most infamous assassins.
The character was invented in 1980 as a foil to the Teen Titans — led, at the time, by Robin — in their original comic incarnation. But if this is indeed footage from Justice League (as seems likely), it won’t be Deathstroke’s first onscreen appearance. He’s featured as a recurring character on the CW’s Arrow, and as a major antagonist for Cartoon Network’s Teen Titans cartoon, under the name Slade. He also inspired the creation of Marvel’s Deadpool, but that’s a whole ‘nother story.
What little information we have on the antagonist of Justice League is that Darkseid — the god-emperor of the planet Apokolips, teased in Batman’s dream sequences in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice — will not be appearing in the film. Rather, his lieutenant Steppenwolf will be taking duties as the Big Bad. Affleck’s tweet indicates that Deathstroke may have a minor or secondary villain role.