With the Arrowverse’s upcoming Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover becoming more packed than the final battle in Avengers: Endgame, it seems that one fan-favourite incarnation of a character who will not be returning is Arrow’s own Manu Bennett as Deathstroke.
In a candid post on his personal Instagram account, the New Zealand actor who starred in an originally recurring then starring role as Slade Wilson aka Deathstroke on the Arrowverse’s pioneer series Arrow for its first two seasons before returning as a guest star between seasons three and six, stated that the CW has not asked him back to reprise his role as the ally turned villain turned anti-hero in the upcoming five-episode crossover event.
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Lots of actors in my position are waiting in line, high rolling for the big bucks but I’m going to place a small bet on my next role. People keep asking if I’m coming back on Arrow & there’s been no invitation & another guy has the mask in Teen Titans so instead of holding my breath, I’m accepting another crossover on CW, to an underdog series called Pandora. They’ve received some Rotten Tomato flack, which almost put me off, but honestly, I like these challenges, have worn critics bs before & if your gut tells you to act, then act. The role CW have offered me, reminds me a bit of Roy Batty, one of my favourite misinterpreted villains, played by the difinitive actor Rutger Hauer. No way I can repeat “Like tears in rain” but I can certainly put my own take, my job, into the performance of LEONE BOKK, described as “Bobba Fett” meets “Man With No Name” meets “Kraven the Hunter” meets “Cable”. It’s a dramatic premise I simply can’t ignore & so jumping on a plane in an hour to fly to Bulgaria to join this production & cast. Obviously this show doesn’t have anywhere near the budget of Bladerunner, but I’ve experienced the hard work of productions & emergence of underground shows that were forced to learn whilst cutting their teeth. My acting teacher, Sandra Lee Patterson, drilled into me one valuable lesson, there are no small roles, just small actors. #leonebokk @thecw @thecwpandora @cw_arrow
“People keep asking if I’m coming back on Arrow & there’s been no invitation & another guy has the mask in Teen Titans” the actor wrote as a caption accompanying a close-up image of Deathstroke’s helmet with a green question mark in the middle of it.
The guy who has the mask Bennett is referring to is Esai Morales on the upcoming second season of the DC Universe streaming service series Titans. The new version of the character was teased recently in the first official trailer for the upcoming season with a darkened shot of him in full body armour at the end of the trailer.
Bennett has now portrayed the character of Slade Wilson aka Deathstroke on and off from 2012 to 2017 for 36 episodes. Now with a variety of DC alumni returning as versions of the characters they helped make famous including the 1960s Batman star Burt Ward, Brandon Routh as Kingdom Come Superman as well as his regular role as Ray Palmer aka Atom, and Kevin Conroy as a future version of Batman, it seemed only fitting that returning characters in-universe may have made surprise returns as well.
However, sadly for fans, Arrow’s Deathstroke will not be one of them as Manu Bennett is moving on to another series airing on the CW called Pandora. But with the potentiality of Titans occupying one of the infinite Earths the crossover will include, the possibility for Esai Marales’ version of the character to make an appearance may come to pass.
The Arrowverse’s Crisis on Infinite Earths event will be told over five-episodes between December 2019 and January 2020.