It appears that while “Arrow” main star Stephen Amell voiced out his eagerness to have actor Manu Bennett return to the show and reprise his role as Slade Wilson aka Deathstroke, the executive producers of the show can no longer use the character for TV since the character’s rights appear to be reserved for appearances in big screen films.
As posted on his official Tumblr page, “Arrow” executive producer Marc Guggenheim revealed that Manu Bennett’s Slade Wilson aka Deathstrokewho had been a major part of the show’s pilot season before becoming the big villain for season 2might not appear again in the show, as the rights to the character are not currently under the people behind the hit TV series on The CW.
“The character of Slade Wilson is currently tied up in another DC project,” Guggenheim answered the fans question. “Walter is more likely.”
Stephen Amell previously expressed his interest in having Manu Bennett as a permanent presence in the world of “Arrow.”
“Manu is a character, and Manu played a great character,” Amell shared. “And I really honestly think that ‘Arrow’ has been missing something since he hasn’t been around. I really do. He was a transformative villain. I would really love it if Deathstroke could keep being a part of the Arrow universe.”
Manu Bennett’s Slade Wilson was last seen in the show in season 3, in an episode where Oliver and Thea Queen were brought to Lian Yu by Malcolm Merlynbut not before releasing Slade to pounce on Oliver and his sister. He was later on returned to the super max prison and has since then never been brought up in the show anymore.
Fan reactions pointed out that Deathstroke may be tied to the larger DC Extended Universe, with the possibility of being included in the upcoming “Suicide Squad” film or maybe even in future Batman standalone films.