DCEU Doesn’t Mean No Deathstroke For ‘Arrow’


It seems that the recent news that Deathstroke would be joining the DCEU, apparently as the villain in The Batman solo film, was one of so much scale it could be claimed that it broke the internet. Well, people still aren’t fed up of talking about it, and particularly on the idea of comparing the movie version of Deathstroke to Manu Bennet’s interpretation of the character on Arrow. Speaking at Salt Lake City Comic Con, Arrow star Stephen Amell was asked about how the show’s own Terminator will be affected by the one appearing in the Affleck helmed movie.

“That [question is] actually something that people bring up on a regular basis…that DC has told us you can’t have or you must get rid of [this character]. That’s not how that works. Diane Nelson and Geoff Johns – the people at Warner Bros. on the feature side, the people at Warner Bros. on the television side – are all in the business of making the best products for fans. Just because there may or may not be a Deathstroke in the DC Extended Universe doesn’t mean Manu Bennett can’t exist on our show.”

So, there you have it. Just because he’ll be appearing in the movie side of the DC universe, doesn’t mean we won’t see more Deathstroke on Arrow. However, don’t take this as confirmation that we will be seeing the character again anytime soon. Manu Bennet has spoken out how he was disappointed the direction the show took with his character in his Season 3 appearance, something that the execs surely wouldn’t have been to happy with. It could even mean Bennet doesn’t want to return to the show at all. But at least now we know it is possible, and it isn’t the movies stopping the TV shows from bringing certain characters back, at least not directly.

“There is no in-fighting,” Amell said. “there is no war between the two factions. It’s all a collaborative effort and – in the grand scheme of things – I think the television universe has done just fine for itself.”

You can see just how fine the television universe has done when Arrow returns to the CW on October 5th.

Source: Comicbook.com

Sam Easton

Sam Easton

Young, aspiring screenwriter. Part time student, full time geek. Based in the UK.

  • w0undedmagic

    Yea, except each one of the CW show’s producers have all separately made comments that directly contradict what Amell is saying here. Things may be changing presently, but to say “That’s not how it works” is a lie.

    • SAMURAI36

      Actually, that’s precisely what Geoff and Diane said. What did you hear different, and from whom?

      • w0undedmagic

        Kreisberg and Guggenheim have made several mentions about the process-from interviews to podcasts. Kreisberg has talked about his Booster Gold show getting scrapped in favor of potential movie plans. Blue Beetle was replaced by The Atom on Arrow for the same reasons. They killed off Waller, Deadshot and any plans for a Suicide Squad spinoff show right after the film started heating up. Their quotes and interviews are out there-I’m not going to dig through them, but I’m sure you’ve read them as you follow this stuff as closely as I do haha. I know Kreisberg spoke a bit about it on FoB though. Like I said, with the inclusion of Superman on CW-perhaps their process is changing, but it certainly wasn’t always that way.

  • Kevin Murphy

    I’m thinking the tv producers underestimated the draw the Deathstroke character has (which is odd since they had a whole season to set him up as a bad guy from the pilot on), and they don’t have an answer for fans after that season 3 screw up.

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