Slade Wilson, a.k.a. Deathstroke, is easily the finest villain Arrow has had so far. Sure, Ra's Al Ghul and his League of Shadows were pretty cool, and Malcolm Merlin was seriously badass, but no villain in the series has had the depth that we saw with Slade Wilson.
Inserted into the narrative as a survivor on Liànyù, known as Lian Yu or 'purgatory' in English, Wilson was a mentor and later a close friend to an inexperienced Oliver Queen.
After fighting alongside one another against Edward Fyers, Slade was injected with the mirakuru by Oliver, a serum which saved his life and healed his burns, but had the consequence of granting him superhuman strength to the detriment of his sanity.
Wilson's mental health rapidly deteriorated, resulting in him becoming the antagonist in both the flashback and the primary narratives, until he was seemingly killed in a flashback and allowed to live in the primary narrative. After the latter's almost-death he was then imprisoned within an A.R.G.U.S. cell on Lian Yu.
We know that DC has decided that Will Smith's cinematic adaptation will be the only Deadshot, and there's a very real possibility they've also earmarked the iconic Deathstroke for the cinematic universe, so will we ever see Wilson outside the confines of his cell? Possibly not. However, Stephen Amell, a.k.a the Green Arrow, recently teased us with the possibility of another Wilson.
Will Arrow Really Give Us Another Wilson?
Well, if we assume for a moment that we can't have Slade Wilson back in Arrow then the show really will have a serious void to fill. Damien Darhk is an interesting villain, especially considering his mystical superpowers which align with the Arrow-verse's new criteria of all things mystical, however he's no Wilson.
So, what if they want a Wilson-esque character back in the narrative, but one who fits into the new world of meta-humans, revival from the dead, and well... Constantine.
Well, Arrow's Stephen Amell could have an answer for us, revealed after a question was pitched to him at Wizard World Louisiana.
A Breakdown of the Theory
Now, the video is quite long and a little shaky, but if you want to check out Amell's response, it's at around 31 minutes into the video I've included at the end. But here's the quote that matters:
"I would say if you are looking for iconic fights there might be a fight coming up with another Wilson."
Amell's response simultaneously reveals a considerable amount and yet very little. On one hand we can assume that the Arrow creators are intending to include a relation of Wilson's on the show; that, and considering Oliver's fractured relationship with Wilson we can also predict that Wilson's relative will be an antagonistic figure.
In the comic books, Wilson has a rather wide-spread family who have featured throughout his tenure as a DC supervillain, however we know very little about Jon Bennett's adaptation of Wilson prior to his introduction to the narrative.
What we do know however is that Wilson has a son, Joe, who in the comic books was mute and had the metahuman power of possession. However, on the other hand, in the comic books, Joe, a.k.a. Jericho, was a member of Teen Titans and a hero.
Of course, Arrow and The Flash have historically been loose with their adherence to the comic book source material, so they could include Joe Wilson as an antagonist. However, Amell simply said, "a fight coming up with another Wilson," leaving an ambiguous impression as to which side the other Wilson will align himself with. Will he fight alongside team arrow, or will Wilson's son be a mercenary employed by Darhk?
So perhaps Season 4 of Arrow could include yet another DC hero, in addition to the already bustling team already in play in the Arrow-verse.
Do you think Joe Wilson, a.k.a. Jericho, could be coming to Arrow?