Deathstroke was the original ‘Terminator’, but after the success of the film franchise with the same name, DC Comics changed their name.
When pop culture fans think of ‘The terminator, ‘The first thing that comes to mind is the classic sci-fi franchise starring James Cameron’s Arnold Schwarzenegger. However, before the film debuted, DC Comics had its own Terminator, Deathstroke. But, after realizing that readers would get too confused with “Deathstroke the Terminator,” they chose to gently drop the nickname.
Slade Wilson aka Deathstroke first appeared in The New Teen Titans # 2 and was co-created by comic book legends Marv Wolfman and Goerge Perez. The killer has largely been a Teen Titans villain while taking on the role of an antihero in more recent stories. When it was first introduced in 1980, it was known as ‘Deathstroke the Terminator’. But, after the success of The terminator and its sequel – which starred Schwarzenegger as a cyborg assassin sent into the past to kill Sarah Connor, whose future son leads the resistance in a dark future against Skynet’s AI Forces – DC decided to quietly stop using the name despite the fact that Slade he was regularly referred to as the Terminator in the comics up to that point.
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The first Terminator film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Michel Biehn, Linda Hamilton and Paul Winfield was a huge success when it was released in theaters, earning more than 10 times its $ 6.4 million budget and spawning multiple sequels, including the critically acclaimed. Terminator 2: final judgment, which is often considered one of the best science fiction movies of all time. With all the success that The terminator and its received aftermath, DC knew better to steer clear of the name Deathstroke was originally given.
Three years later Terminator 2: final judgment cemented the franchise as one of the best of all time, the ongoing Deathstroke series was changed from “Deathstroke: The Terminator “to” Deathstroke: The Hunted “. His next series after that would simply be called death Punch. Being called the Terminator was never fully withdrawn within the pages of the comics as it was used very occasionally as a nickname, but from the mid-90s onwards Deathstroke the Terminator it was known simply as Deathstroke.
the Terminator The franchise could have handcuffed DC Comics so that it had to adjust Slade’s name so that readers wouldn’t get confused between the two franchises, but Deathstroke remains a great name that is instantly recognizable to this day; it was not a great loss. He’s still a killer, but the Terminator name, understandably, now belongs to the Arnold Schwarzenegger films, which have rightfully earned the title in the pop culture lexicon. Who knows if Deathstroke would still be as popular if DC confused readers by keeping The terminator Name. The change seemed to work better for all parties.
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