In just two weeks, Arrow will give it’s fans the first real introduction to Deathstroke, a character who has been teased since the opening moments of the series pilot.
In the DC Universe Deathstroke (Slade Wilson) is a dangerous mercenary and an unstoppable assassin that has fought against everyone from Batman to the Justice League (and sometimes won) in the comics. During the brief flashback island scene we’ve seen the imposing figure wearing the mask and silently toruring Oliver (Stephen Amell). But on February 6 episode, title “Betrayal,” will mark the first appearance without the mask.
For this episode someone who could hold his own against Amell in terms of physicality and acting skills was no small feat, so it’s no surprise that the CW producers turned to Manu Bennett (the undefeated gladiator Crixus in Starz’s “Spartacus“) to wear Deathstroke’s signature black and orange outfit.
As it was reported by EW, Slade and Oliver “form an uneasy alliance on the island of Lian Yu” in Episode 13, courtesy of the flashbacks.
Here are three exclusive preview shots of Bennett as Slade Wilson.