Shortly after the Arrow season 5 finale, we wrote about how both Manu Bennett's performance and the writing for the character of Slade Wilson/Deathstroke had made us want a Deathstroke spinoff.
We were far from alone; other fans, news sites, and the like have been chiming in with similar comments, and Bennett has been retweeting many of them, encouraging fans who want to see more of his take on Slade to reach out to executive producers Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, and other potential players like Warner Bros. Television, DC Entertainment, and Netflix.
Bennett, who had tried and failed to preserve the surprise of his return in last week's episode ahead of its airing, isn't the first Arrow actor to try to kickstart a movement; a few seasons back, The CW mulled a Suicide Squad miniseries or storyline that would put John Diggle and Lyla Michaels front and center, and Diggle's actor David Ramsey was all for it.
Even Bennett, though, doesn't claim to be the ultimate authority on Deathstroke.
"I think the most important person to get behind any Deathstroke original series is Marv Wolfman, who created the character," Bennett tweeted a short time ago.
A few minutes later, Wolfman responded.
"Much appreciated, Manu," tweeted the writer of The New Teen Titans and Crisis on Infinite Earths. "I love Deathstroke and I was overjoyed to see your return and would love to see you do more."
The comment is just shy of an endorsement of a Deathstroke spinoff, but it's possible that Wolfman is playing it cool, either because he knows about plans or because as someone who still regularly works for DC it's unwise to be seen as too vocal about Warner Bros. corporate strategy.
Wolfman has also recently been seen taking notes with Joe Manganiello, who will play Deathstroke in The Batman.
After a violent shipwreck, billionaire playboy Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) was missing and presumed dead for five years before being discovered alive on a remote island in the North China Sea. He returned home to Star City, bent on righting the wrongs done by his family and fighting injustice. As the Green Arrow, he protects his city with the help of former soldier John Diggle (David Ramsey), computer-science expert Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards), his vigilante-trained sister Thea Queen (Willa Holland), Deputy Mayor Quentin Lance (Paul Blackthorne), brilliant inventor Curtis Holt (Echo Kellum), and his new recruits, street-savvy Rene Ramirez (Rick Gonzalez) and meta-human Dinah Drake (Juliana Harkavy).
Oliver has finally solidified and strengthened his crime-fighting team only to have it threatened when unexpected enemies from his past return to Star City, forcing Oliver to rethink his relationship with each member of his “family”.
Based on the characters from DC, ARROW is from Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television, with executive producers Greg Berlanti (“The Flash,” “Supergirl”), Marc Guggenheim (“DC’s Legends of Tomorrow,” “Eli Stone”), Wendy Mericle (“Desperate Housewives,” “Eli Stone”), Andrew Kreisberg (“The Flash,” “Eli Stone,” “Warehouse 13”) and Sarah Schechter (“The Flash,” “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow”).
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