Arrow star Manu Bennett spoke highly of portraying Deathstroke’s layered origins during a panel at Heroes & Villains Fest San Jose recently. As much fun as he’s having with the character, why not expand on him in the upcoming Titans series?
That was the question posed to Manu Bennett by a fan during the panel. As far as plans go though, there don’t see to be any for what could be a fan-favorite inclusion of the Teen Titans nemesis:
“There’s been no discussion about that. And I don’t know. The power’s in the pen, that’s all I can say about that. I really have no idea. The power’s in the pen, and in the audience saying what they want.”
This answer by Manu Bennett, in one variation or another, has been given before. Sometimes not having a plan in place or not hearing anything about something leads to us getting Joe Manganiello on the big screen as Slade Wilson, even though he gave similar answers on his involvement prior to Justice League. Other times, it means Armie Hammer actually hasn’t heard anything about Green Lantern and won’t be portraying him.
So where does Manu Bennett’s answer fall into the mix? Only time will tell. While it would make sense in following the comics as the villain had his first appearance in New Teen Titans #2 in 1980, it could pose some canonical issues given that the upcoming Titans series is set to take place outside of The CW universe on DC’s untitled streaming service.
Regardless, Manu Bennett won’t be likely to complain if he can get more work as Slade Wilson:
“I love the character. It’d be great to make more of it.”
Titans follows a group of young superheroes from all over the DC Universe as Dick Grayson emerges from the shadows to become the leader of a fearless team known as the Titans. The series was written by DC creative chief officer Geoff Johns, Akiva Goldsman and Greg Berlanti. The Machinist helmer Brad Anderson is directing the pilot. Starfire (Anna Diop), Raven (Teagan Croft), and Beast Boy (Ryan Potter) will also be joining the cast, as well as Alan Ritchson and Minka Kelly who will also appear in the roles of Hawk and Dove. The series is set to premiere its 13-episode first season next year. Stay tuned for more news on Titans as we learn it.
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