These rumors have been circulating for a little while but today Entertainment Weekly has the confirmation, Manu Bennett has been cast as Slade Wilson and will be appearing in upcoming episodes of the CW’s Arrow. I’m sure some of you are scratching your heads thinking, “Huh? Haven’t we already seen Slade? I mean, anyone who’s up on their DC history knows Slade Wilson is also Deathstroke, and we’ve already seen that guy.” Right you are, we have indeed seen Deathstroke. Hell, he tortured poor Oliver Queen during his time on the island. But as usual, those close to the production are keeping their mouths shut on whether or not it’ll be Slade when Deathstroke removes his mask.
Personally, I’m calling their bluff. Of course, it’ll be Slade. They’ve been able to hold off on officially casting the role because he’s been in a mask. You don’t cast such a physically imposing figure as Manu Bennett for Slade Wilson then have him turn out to not be Deathstroke. Come on. By now I’m hoping you recognize Bennett. He’s made a big impression, on everyone, as Crixus on Starz’s Spartacus, plus he was the white orc, Azog the Defiler, in The Hobbit. To see him as Deathstroke is going to be like the character jumping right off the page.
Bennett is only another in long string a great casting grabs for Arrow. They’ve already nabbed two Who stars with John Barrowman and now Alex Kingston, and there was the great stint as The Huntress from Jessica de Gouw. Next week Fringe‘s Seth Gabel is appearing as their updated spin on Count Vertigo. Honestly, a lot of the time I feel their guest stars and minor roles outshine the main cast.
Are you excited to see Bennett as Deathstro– sorry, Slade Wilson?