Manu Bennett’s portrayal of the fan favorite character Deathstroke has long been a highlight of the CW series Arrow, and his appearances on the second and sixth seasons have been well received by fans. Sadly however, fans shouldn’t get used to seeing the mercenary on Arrow as he has once again been placed on the list of characters that can not be used on the show.
Because the DCEU has plans for Deathstroke based on his appearance in the second post credits scene of Justice League, this will have major repercussions for the Arrowverse. During an interview with Discussing Film at ACE Comic Con, Arrow executive producer Marc Guggenheim discussed how characters are chosen to appear on the show.
“These are DC’s characters, we’re just renting them ya know, so we use the characters that they tell us we can use when we can use them, and we work around whatever limitations that places us.”
The Arrowverse is only allowed to use the characters approved by DC. And when asked further what this means for Deathstroke Guggenheim had this to say.
“Yeah, I think you know as a result we’ve been on and off. You know, for a time they were saying ‘you can’t use Deathstroke,’ and that changed and we were able to have Slade Wilson back on the show, and now we’re back to ‘you can’t use him.’ They’re working on the feature film version, it really is sort of now that you’ve got obviously Slade, spoiler alert, Deathstroke appears at the end of the Justice League movie.”
So due to Deathstroke becoming a part of the DCEU he will be unable to appear in further episodes of Arrow at this time. And while this will be a disappointment for many, Guggenheim assured fans that he and Bennett and fans of what Manganiello is doing.
“It was a great scene. I think Joe is a great actor. You know, Manu’s been very encouraging of his work and, you know, there’s these intervals, and we try and take advantage of our opportunities when we have them.”
So while this is a shame we wont see further appearances of Deathstroke on Arrow, we can hope that he will eventually make a return.
Source: Discussing Film