I’d say it a reasonable interpretation of the original, but updated for a younger audience that wasn’t around when it came out. Hence the reason, but not need for Damian. He has his moments, but they didn’t have to use them. They did because he resonates well with a younger demographic.
I remember when @DCDaily reviewed it. Their collectively “icky” scene when Terra is wearing way to much blush (and I’ll leave it at that), is my favorite. It is such an insight into the two characters.
We see Terra for who she really is, with her guard down, a traitorous scum who has no desire to be redeemed. She’s a user and a maggot.
We see Slade for what he truly is. Not this honorable assassin caught between a rock and a hard place, but a user of people. Pure and simple. Slade is just as much a scum bucket (and a likely larger one than Terra.) he doesn’t give a rats about his “honor” or his “code”. He’d shoot his own mother if the price was right. Slade is an irredeemable maggot as well.
Is that scene “icky”, yeah I’ll give it that. It’s supposed to be. I think people see it and it kinda makes their skin crawl and they want to think it is because of the circumstance. It’s not, it’s because we see how vile both of these characters are “on the inside”. In that sense they deserve each other. (They are my most bleeped-up OTP in DC, surpassing Joker & HQ.
I’ll give Marv & George credit, it’s probably 2 of the best character arcs they ever did, and that is saying something.
I’ve always been a Kory & Dick shipper. So I was glad to see them together and having “fun”.
My favorite character is Terra, because she is such scum. She thinks she has this all worked out, but is full of the delusions of control that many young people go through.
I think they could have gone farther with Terra & Slade’s relationship. The book certainly implies that they have been having a “physical” element. However, I see why they didn’t. It would have made that scene even more disturbing. Which I’d argue it could & should be. However, know the market for your product also applies. So I see why they didn’t.