Monday Movie Report: ‘Justice League’ Movie Filling Out Villain Roster

“Justice League” star and “Batman” director Ben Affleck dropped a hint on Twitter Monday, showing off a potential villain for the upcoming superhero team-up picture.


According to Variety, the media released by Affleck was test footage of a character named Deathstroke, a soldier-turned-assassin in the DC universe. Variety reports that Deathstroke was part of a super-soldier project giving him superhuman strength and intelligence.

Variety states that the character was first introduced in 1980 in the comic “The New Teen Titans #2.”

Along with starring in “Justice League” as Batman, Affleck is also executive producing the project. “Justice League,” directed by Zack Snyder, will open in theaters on Nov. 10, 2017.

Deathstroke is the second villain announced for the picture, the other being a character named Steppenwolf. According to the site Den of Geek, Steppenwolf was created in 1972 by Jack Kirby in the issue “New Gods #7.” The villain is from the planet Apokolips, the same place as his nephew and fellow “Justice League” foe, Darkseid.

Regarding current DC comics based movies, the film “Suicide Squad” fell to the No. 2 spot at the box office this past weekend, coming in second to the horror pic “Don’t Breathe.”

The full top five includes:
1. Don’t Breathe – $26,115,000
2. Suicide Squad – $12,110,000
3. Kubo and the Two Strings – $7,909,000
4. Sausage Party – $7,665,000
5. Mechanic: Resurrection – $7,500,000

As for the coming weekend, theaters will see only two releases, the thriller “Morgan” and the drama “The Light Between Oceans.”

On home video, the new releases include:

  • The Jungle Book, ATMR Rating: 4 out of 5, Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 95%
  • Me Before You, Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 58%