It seemed like it was just yesterday that there was some doubt that Manu Bennett would ever return to Arrow and reprise his very popular turn as the villain/anti-hero Deathstroke, AKA: Slade Wilson. Deathstroke, and Bennett’s portrayal of him, was one of the big keys to Arrow’s success in its first two seasons, peak villainy that was unsurpassed as the show dabbled in lesser big bads like Ra’s al Ghul and Damien Darhk in seasons three and four respectively. So when Deathstroke returned in the season five finale, it was like a breath of fresh air, and it seems like a breath than the fans, and Bennett himself, seem to want to hold on to.
Like any actor, never one to pass up a compliment, Bennett responded to a fan that really, really needs more Deathstroke in his life…
— Manu (@manubennett) May 31, 2017
Now what are the chances for a Deathstroke show? Who can say? It sounds like Bennett may have his eye on going down a more, shall we say, mature route with a Netflix show, perhaps in the mold of the upcoming Punisher series, which also follows an antihero with a strong personal code of what’s right and what’s wrong. There are two things standing in the way though. The first is the workload. Greg Berlanti and his team will have five superhero shows on TV next season, plus Riverdale, and the NBC series Blindspot. The second though is the fate of Joe Manganiello as Deathstroke in the upcoming Batman movie. Deathstroke was supposed to be the villain in that, at least when Ben Affleck was directing. But now, who knows?
One thing is for sure, now more than ever fan pressure counts. So if you feel pretty strongly about there being a Deathstroke TV show, then you should totally let the powers that be know because while you may not get it tomorrow, you could get it someday. Of course, there’s also the small matter about whether or not Slade survived the Arrow season finale…
With or without Deathstroke, Arrow returns this fall on Thursdays at 9 pm on the CW.