This is a strange story. A new trailer has released for Deathstroke: Knights & Dragons – The Movie which is pretty much the first chunk of Deathstroke: Knights & Dragons but with 50-new minutes of never-before-seen content, including the film’s thrilling climax. The film is rated R for bloody violence/gore, language, disturbing images, and some sexual content. The feature-length animated film will be released by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment this summer.
Deathstroke: Knights & Dragons – The Movie offers a new take on the Deathstroke legacy. Mercenary and master assassin Slade Wilson leads two lives: one as the relentless killer known as Deathstroke, and the other as a dedicated family man. When these worlds collide, forced together by the vicious terror group known as H.I.V.E., it is the killer in Slade who must fight to save his loved ones, as well as what remains of himself. With his soul torn apart and his young son held captive, Deathstroke will have to atone for the sins of his past to fuel the battles of his future!
Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner Michael Chiklis (The Shield, The Commish, American Horror Story: Freak Show) headlines the cast as Slade Wilson/Deathstroke, alongside Sasha Alexander (Rizzoli & Isles, Shameless, NCIS) as Wilson’s wife, Adeline “Addie” Kane Wilson. The cast also includes Chris Jai Alex (ThunderCats Roar, Extraction) as The Jackal, Faye Mata (League of Legends) as Jade/H.I.V.E Queen, Griffin Puatu (Beastars) as Joseph/Jericho, Imari Williams (Transformers: Rescue Bots, LEGO DC: Shazam! Magic and Monsters) as President Nichols, Asher Bishop (The Angry Birds Movie 2) as Young Joseph, Colin Salmon (Krypton, Arrow, Die Another Day) as William Wintergreen, Delbert Hunt (Bad Henry) as Bronze Tiger, Panta Mosleh (Always Be My Maybe, Pass The Salt) as Lady Shiva, and Noshir Dalal (Red Dead Redemption II) as Kapoor, Castulo Guerra (The Usual Suspects, Jane The Virgin) as General Suzarez, and Minae Noji (General Hospital) as Secretary of State.
Sung Jin Ahn (Niko and the Sword of Light) directs the film from a script by J.M. DeMatteis (Superman: Red Son,Batman: Bad Blood). Sam Register, Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter serve as executive producers.
Update 6/18: Coming August 4 to Digital and arriving August 18 on Blu-ray Combo Pack.
The first half premiered earlier this year on CW Seed, but maybe the rest of it got too extreme for the streaming platform? It’s getting too confusing how DC Animation gets released nowadays anyway. Between HBO MAX, DC Universe, CW Seed, Cartoon Network, and direct-to-home features, there are far too many platforms with DC Animated content, and I would prefer it all be in one place. DC Universe sounds like it’s on it’s last legs anyway. Young Justice is rumored to be a Cartoon Network series, and Harley Quinn’s third season hasn’t been ordered yet.
That said,the digital home release has been doing well for DC Animation. In the week ending June 6th, the excellent Justice League Dark: Apokolips still remains in the top 20 in purchases, so someone’s doing something right.
As for CW Seed, does this spell the end for the free streaming service? Once a formidable location for exclusive DC Animated properties, CW Seed seems to have been lost in the shuffle for premium content moving forward.