Manu Bennett’s triumphant return as Deathstroke in Arrow’s Season 5 finale last night left many hoping for more. Well it looks like Bennett himself is u for the challenge.
Deathstroke is one of the most popular villains in all of DC Comics. It’s a lot of pressure for an actor to portray a character that already has legions of passionate fans before they have the chance to even step into the role. Manu Bennett’s Slade Wilson (Deathstroke), however, has been a massive hit with fans of CW’s Arrow since we first saw him on Lian Yu. A recurring character in the show’s premiere season, Manu donned Deathstroke’s mask and became the Green Arrow’s primary antagonist in Season 2, which many consider to be the shows strongest season.
Bennett’s presence was sorely missed over the last two seasons. Finally, he made his returned in last night’s Season 5 finale. You can read our full review here, but I will say that the episode was absolutely phenomenal. Perhaps there’s just something about Bennett’s Wilson that translates to excellent television. Either way, many fans hoped that this would not be the last we see of Bennett in the role.
Last night, on our own Twitter account, we called for Deathstroke to get his own spin-off show. Fan reaction to the tweet was hugely positive and the actor himself took notice, retweeting the tweet from his personal account. Even more exciting. Manu Bennett took things a step further and shared a screenshot of the tweet from his Instagram account with a simple caption: “@marcguggenheim”
Marc Guggenheim, along with Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg, are responsible for adapting Arrow for television, thus launching the Arrow-verse. Guggenheim now serves as co-showrunner for the series.
That Bennett is showing an interest in starring in his own spin-off series as Slade Wilson has fans thrilled. He was long rumored to have a somewhat antagonistic relationship with the series following the end of his arc in Season 2. That he returned for the end of Season 5 and is willing to take on a series of his own at least implies that we could very well see more of the character in the future.
What do you think?! Would you watch a Deathstroke spin-off series? –Kevin Bond