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Written by Kshitij Rawat | New Delhi | Published: May 15, 2018 12:51:36 pm Deadpool 2 will release on May 18. Related News

In comics, it is pretty usual for publishers like DC and Marvel to get “inspired” by each others characters. Or at least it used to be. Thus, DCs intergalactic tyrant Darkseid became Marvels intergalactic tyrant Thanos. Marvels Namor became DCs Aquaman. And so on. One of the most blatant “inspirations” in the history of comics is Deadpool. Created by Fabian Nicieza and Rob Liefeld, Deadpool made his first appearance in 1991. When Liefeld came up with the design, Nicieza told him, “This is Deathstroke from the Teen Titans.” Deathstroke is now better known as one among Batmans rogues, but he was originally a Teen Titans villain.

You only have to notice their appearances to figure out that there was some serious inspiration behind Deadpools look. Both are master swordsmen and keep two swords sheathed at their back. Even the hues of their costume are similar. But of course, Deathstroke would not get a joke if it personified in front of him (unlike a certain other Batman villain) and Deadpool is the very definition of a joke stretched too thin. Deathstroke is also an out-and-out villain, an assassin, while Deadpool is more like an anti-hero. Thus Slade Wilson of Deathstroke became the Wade Wilson of Deadpool.

Deathstroke was played by Manu Bennet in the TV series Arrow. In DC film universe, the character appeared in the post-credits scene of Justice League. He was asked by Lex Luthor to make a “League of our own” – probably Injustice League. Joe Manganiello essayed the character and the look was comic-accurate.

deadpool and deathstroke Deathstroke and Deadpools similarities go beyond looks.

Anyways, the reason I did not use the word “ripoff” in regards to Deadpool was that he really was an inspiration. Liefeld, the artist and writer who designed Deadpools look, had been a huge fan of Deathstroke as a kid. He said in 2010 when he got the chance to write for Deathstroke, “Ive always been in awe of … Deathstroke — and “always” means since I was a child.”

Joe Manganiello as deathstroke Joe Manganiello as Deathstroke in Justice League.

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Both Deathstroke and Deadpool may owe their appearance to another comic-book character – DCs Deadshot, an expert marksman. Will Smith played the character in 2016 film Suicide Squad. Deathstroke predates Deadpool by more than a decade, but Deadshot predates Deathstroke by three decades.

Deadpool 2 will release on May 18.

Also Read: Deadpool 2 character guide: Know your mutants

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