Deathstroke is huge right now. While the character has always had a place in many fans’ hearts as a Teen Titans villain, he really came into the public eye a few years back when she popped up in the Arrow TV show in a very prominent Season 2 role.
Heck, this season Slade Wilson returned to the series in a big way that made plenty of fans happy. However, as welcome as he was by a lot of fans, he isn’t exactly guaranteed to pop up anytime soon, as producer Marc Guggenheim told Discussing Film (via ComicBook.com):
“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.”
Fans who saw Justice League earlier this year and stuck around for the post-credits scene know that the character popped up unexpectedly, and was played the Joe Manganiello. With Deathstroke likely playing a key role in the DC Extended Universe going forward, does that mean it’s lights out for Manu Bennett’s beloved take on the villain?
“Yeah, I think you know as a result we’ve been on and off. 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.”
This will make a lot of Arrow fans sad, but perhaps it’s a good thing that their use of him is limited. By limiting his screen time, you really make it a special thing when he is involved in the plot of the show.
However, those who hated Justice League and the direction of the universe as a whole may feel a bit bitter that a film franchise they don’t care for is preventing Arrow from utilizing a beloved character.
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SOURCE: Discussing Film (via ComicBook.com)