Manu Bennett Deathstroke

Yes, the ‘Suicide Squad‘ has a movie coming out, but the team of criminals-turned-government black ops agents have already been brought to life twice on the small screen, on ‘Arrow’.  But last year, executive producer Marc Guggenheim admitted that the popular character Deadshot, played by Michael Rowe, had been killed off because that character was “off the table,” meaning that the powers that be had declared that he was no longer available for use on TV.  Though it wasn’t confirmed at the time, it was generally believed that this was due to Will Smith playing the same character in the ‘Suicide Squad’ movie and Warner Brothers not wanting two versions of the same character out there to confuse people.

Along those lines, the woman who organized Task Force X, as the Suicide Squad is officially known, Amanda Waller (Cynthia Addai-Robinson) was also killed off in a fairly graphic, definitive manner.  Viola Davis is playing that part in, yep ‘Suicide Squad’.

Now Guggenheim has declared that a similar fate has befallen another ‘Arrow’ baddie, Slade Wilson, also known as Deathstroke, who served as the show’s Big Bad in season  two, portrayed by Manu Bennett is also “off the table.”

During a Tumblr Q&A, a fan asked about Deathstroke (or Walter Steele) returning:

Scott Eastwood in 'Suicide Squad'
Scott Eastwood in ‘Suicide Squad’

greenarrow-bbb asked:

Any possible chance of either Slade or Walter returning throughout the rest of Season 4? #ArrowMarc Guggenheim:

The character of Slade Wilson is currently tied up in another DC project.  Walter is more likely.

Which project?  It may very well be ‘Suicide Squad’.

There’s still the mystery of who Scott Eastwood is playing in the film.  His character is obviously a military operative.  We also know he is a fairly major character.

He was originally believed to be playing Steve Trevor, but that role went to Chris Pine, who isn’t in ‘Suicide Squad’ so once more Eastwood’s role is a secret.

And the only reason to suppress this information is that his character is either very important or would reveal a major plot twist.  Or both.

Then again, Guggenheim wasn’t specific about where Deathstroke would end up, so it could be anywhere in Warner Brother’s upcoming slate of DC movies.  I mean, I doubt he’ll show up fighting Aquaman, but you never know…

(Also, if Warner Brothers doesn’t want duplicate versions of Deathstroke, Amanda Waller and Deadshot… what about ‘The Flash’?)

Are you upset that Deathstroke is off-limits to ‘Arrow’?  How and where would you like to see this character used in the movies?

Source: Heroic Hollywood