With Deadpool about to enjoy what's shaping up to be a monster opening weekend at the box office, an assassin from that other comics universe has decided to give the Merc with a Mouth a little what-for.
Although Deadpool 2's X-Force and the Avengers: Infinity War gang have been dominating the superteam movie space lately, we shouldn't forget that another powerful squad -- the Teen Titans -- will be invading multiplexes later this summer with their first theatrical feature, Teen Titans GO! to the Movies.
They'll be going up against a formidable villain in the form of the lethal Deathstroke, but it seems like the latter is a bit miffed at all the attention Deadpool is getting. You see, it's Deathstroke's contention that Deadpool is somewhat of a ripoff...right down to their names. Take a look at this, which was posted on the Teen Titans GO! to the Movies Twitter feed earlier:
Here's what he says (thanks to Heroic Hollywood):
"Let me tell ya a little something about Deadpool. My name is Slade Wilson. His name is Wade Wilson. My costume, like, rocks, and his is just a copy."
Got to admit he kind of has a point there. And Slade/Wade? Really? Deathstroke continues:
"I fight a whole team of Teen Titans and he fights one angry dude. I'm like way cooler in every way. Deadpool might have a sequel but remember, he's just a ripoff of me. It's time to DRAIN THE POOL."
That last bit reminds us of something we heard in a political campaign once, but either way it's a stroke (see what we did there) of genius. It's hard to decide who's better at marketing themselves, Deathpool or Deadstroke (uh, wait a sec...)
Before he finishes, Slade Wilson offers up perhaps just the tiniest olive branch, acknowledging that Deadpool's movie is out now, while his is...not. "But sure, go see his movie," says Deathstroke. "Because it comes out before mine."
Of course, Deathstroke has a good 11 years on Deadpool in terms of comic book history (the former debuted in 1980 while the latter made his first appearance in 1991), but Wade clearly has Slade beat when it comes to big-screen shenanigans.
That's all going to change soon, however. Teen Titans GO! to the Movies stars Will Arnett as Deathstroke, Kristen Bell in an undisclosed role, Greg Cipes as Beast Boy, Scott Menville as Robin, Khary Payton as Cyborg, Tara Strong as Raven and Hyden Walch as Starfire. Directed by Teen Titans GO! series co-creator Aaron Horvath and Peter Rida Michail, the movie will hit theaters on July 27th.
Deadpool better be well on his way to home video by then, if he knows what's good for him.