If you’ve been following Stephen Amell on social media for the past few days, you’d think the 100th episode of Arrow was airing tomorrow because of how much he’s talking about it. A flurry of photos posted by the show’s star has been teasing the upcoming episode. These photos have ranged from images of dead characters like Laurel Lance and Robert Queen making a return to the show and even Amell and David Ramsey (Diggle) posing with a mysterious guest star. But now Amell has posted an image of him sitting on a park bench with Deathstroke that has everyone talking.
Deathstroke was a character on the show played by Manu Bennett for two seasons before Green Arrow locked him up in an underground prison. He’s been regarded as one of the best villains the show has ever had. Many fans feel the villains since then, which have included Ras Al Ghul and Damien Darhk, have not lived up to Deathstroke’s level.
There has been a lot of talk and expressed disappointment about how Deathstroke probably wouldn’t be able to come back to the show because the character is now scheduled to appear in the DC Extended Universe, played by Joe Manganiello. However, Stephen Amell put that false belief to bed recently at Salt Lake City Comic-Con when asked about it.
“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.”
The last time fans of the DC TV Universe were treated to any kind of Deathstroke was in Season 1 of Legends of Tomorrow when the character’s son appeared in an episode that took place in a post-apocalyptic future in Star City, where he had cut off Green Arrow’s arm.
If this photo that Amell posted is confirmation that Deathstroke will be returning in the 5th season of Arrow, perhaps fans can rejoice that some semblance of familiarity of the show’s past will be present and give hope that it might return to its former glory days.
— Stephen Amell (@StephenAmell) September 26, 2016