Esai Morales has been cast as Deathstroke the Terminator (Slade Wilson) in DC Universe’s Titans. Legendary comic book writer Marv Wolfman appeared chuffed about the news on his Facebook page.
DCUniverse.com announced that Chella Man will be playing the Teen Titan Jericho, aka Joseph Wilson, son of Deathstroke.. In canon, Jericho is mute and uses American Sign Language (ASL) to communicate. Man is deaf in real life, so he uses ASL as well. A transgender actor and model, this will be 20-year-old Man’s first television role.
Deathstroke the Terminator is an assassin and mercenary, and one of the fiercest fighters and deadliest individuals in the DC Comics universe. Jericho is his mutant son, with the ability to possess. Mute due to having his vocal chords cut by kidnappers when he was a child, he can speak when he possesses others, using their vocabulary and speech patterns. The rest of the time, he communicates in ASL.
The character Deathstroke has a surprisingly rich history in live action media. He was previously portrayed by Manu Bennett in 36 episodes of The CW series Arrow. Joe Manganiello appeared as Slade Wilson in the 2017 feature film Justice League in an uncredited cameo.
Esai Morales should already be a familiar face to fans. He played Joseph Adama, the uncle of Commander William Adama, in the BSG prequel Caprica. He has also appeared in Criminal Minds and Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders as FBI Section Chief Mateo Cruz and in NCIS: LA as NCIS Deputy Director Louis Ochoa.
Titans, currently in its second season stars Brenton Thwaites as Dick Grayson, aka Nightwing., Anna Diop as Starfire, aka Princess Koriand’r of Tamaran, and Tegan Croft as Raven. Ryan Potter plays Beast Boy, the youngest Titan.
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