[Warning: Justice League spoilers ahead]
He may have only made a cameo in Zack Snyder's Justice League, but Joe Manganiello's Deathstroke can now be seen in all his glory without that signature mask.
While it was has been confirmed for some time now that Slade Wilson would be appearing in Justice League opposite Batfleck and his friends, Ciarán Hinds' Steppenwolf ultimately served as the solo antagonist that brought the League tougher over the course of the film. Indeed, those moviegoers who didn't hang around until the very end of Justice League's credits might be under the impression that Mr. Wilson didn't appear in the film at all.
However, just when fans thought the DCEU had forgotten about Deathstroke, Manganiello popped up for a last-minute appearance during Justice League's post-credits scene. Wilson may have briefly taken off his mask to reveal his grizzled face during that sequence, but now now a behind the scenes photo (posted to Reddit by DCEUleaks) has made its way online, offering a better look at Manganiello's rendition of the Deathstroke character. Take a look, below:
There is no denying that as one of the best parts of Justice League, Snyder nailed Wilson's New 52 aesthetic. The white hair may have been a new addition, but it works all the same. With hopes that Deathstroke can now return elsewhere in the DCEU, it was a "stroke" of genius to include Manganiello's masked assassin in this post-credit scene. As Lex Luthor looked to assemble his own Injustice League/Legion of Doom, it left big questions about who will be suiting up next to Deathstroke and when he will be back
Justice League may have been a bit of a mixed bag affair, but with even Deathstroke creator Marv Wolfman approving of his appearance, Manganiello looks to be the perfect man for the job to take on this particular DC character. Over the past 37 years of Slade Wilson's shady dealings, Deathstroke has had several notable battles with the Dark Knight and his fellow DC superheroes.
With developing projects like Suicide Squad 2 and Gotham City Sirens, there is plenty of room in the DCEU for the villains to take over, so here's to hoping that they do. Audiences surely can't wait to see Deathstroke to pull out a katana and start slicing through the box office when he eventually takes to the screen once more, possibly in his own solo movie next.