The fifth season of #Arrow came to an epic end a few weeks ago, and it was one of the best episodes ever. A highlight from the season finale was the return of fan-favorite character Slade Wilson, a.k.a. #Deathstroke, who was the main antagonist of the second (and arguably best) season of the series.
Deathstroke's fate is unclear after the season's explosive ending, but if the character won't return to Arrow, fans have suggested a few other routes The CW can take for the classic #DC character — and it looks like actor Manu Bennett is on board.
'Arrow' Star Manu Bennett Tells Fans They Need To Petition For A 'Deathstroke' TV Series
Ever since the Arrow Season 5 finale, fans have been thinking of various ways to bring back Manu Bennett as Deathstroke. One of the most popular pitches is for a solo series. In fact, this idea is so immensly popular that even Manu Bennett urged his fanbase yesterday to start petitioning for it:
The sound of a Deathstroke TV series is music to our ears, but Bennett has made it clear in this tweet that the best way to make this happen is to make our voices heard to the people in charge. The producers are always trying to give the fans what we want — it's a business and they want to make as much money as possible. Given that, if fans show their interest, a Deathstroke TV show isn't a wild possibility.
As indicated by this tweet, Manu Bennett is ready to gear up as Deathstroke and sign on for a solo series. The only issue here is that Bennett is currently a series regular on The Shannara Chronicles, which is why we haven't seen Slade Wilson on Arrow lately except for the Season 5 finale. However, Bennett wouldn't be teasing fans with the possibility if he didn't intend to live up to his promise. Also, we have Deathstroke creator Marv Wolfman behind the TV series as well.
The hype is only beginning, and we will likely continue to hear more about this idea in the future. Stephen Amell is very active on social media and I am sure he will also stand behind the cause. At the same time, let's not get ahead of ourselves, as this is nowhere near confirmed — but who said we can't speculate?
What Could We Expect From A Deathstroke TV Series?
How could a villain be the star of his own show? Well, Deathstroke has switched between being a villain and an antihero. He is similar to Deadpool in that he works contract-to-contract and has his own agenda.
Deathstroke is never a true supervillain, even though he's fought heroes in the past, including the Justice League and Teen Titans. He has a code and follows his own morals — and this is what makes him a very fun and unique character. He's actually more of a good guy on Arrow right now, as his mirakuru has worn off and he helped Green Arrow fight Prometheus to get Oliver's son back.
Manu Bennett is a phenomenal Slade Wilson. Plus, if the character's actual creator advises a series from behind the scenes, it would feel even more authentic.
The series could pick up from the Season 5 finale and follow Slade going back home to recover from the mirakuru — and living with the guilt sitting in his stomach. A major story arc could include Slade searching for his son with the help of Oliver (who could guest star from time to time) and finding a purpose. But there are so many routes the show could take. And when Arrow finally goes off the air, Deathstroke would be a great way to keep Stephen Amell involved in the #Arrowverse.