by Ryan Rigley
Deathstroke fans rejoice! Yesterday, the Hollywood Reporter announced that Manu Bennett (who plays Slade Wilson on the CW’s “Arrow“) has signed on as a series regular for the show’s second season. This, of course, comes just about a week after actor Colton Haynes (who plays Roy Harper) was also bumped up to series regular, as well as the incomparable Emily Bett Rickards (who plays IT girl Felicity Smoak).
So far on the series, Bennett’s character (Slade) has acted as an island ally/mentor to Stephen Amell’s Oliver Queen, only appearing in the form of flashbacks. Although it was hinted by “Arrow” producer Marc Guggenheim that we could be seeing Slade in a present day Starling City, we’ve yet to see that moment come to fruition. We’ve also yet to see Slade put on the Deathstroke mask!
In the DC comics universe, Slade Wilson is more commonly referred to as his alter ego, Deathstroke, who’s the most feared and efficient mercenary in the entire world. As previously stated, Bennett’s Slade has only been portrayed as Oliver Queen’s ally thus far on the series. However, the fact that “Arrow” producers have yet to give a definitive answer as to whether or not Slade will be following in his comic book counterpart’s footsteps gives us reason to believe that it will happen eventually.
Obviously, Bennett’s promotion to series regular means that we’ll be seeing a lot more of Slade Wilson in “Arrow’s” second season, which probably means that he won’t be putting on the Deathstroke mask anytime soon. But that doesn’t mean that somebody else can’t put it on! After all, in the “Arrow” universe there are actually multiple Deathstroke masks, each of which have been utilized by Edward Fires’ henchmen at one point or another.
The only thing that remains to be seen is how exactly Slade Wilson will go from being Oliver Queen’s mentor to Oliver Queen’s deadliest enemy. What could possibly motivate such a drastic change in character? Although nothing is quite set in stone at this point in time, here’s hoping that it has something to do with Slade Wilson losing one of his eyes.
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