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Manu Bennett Becomes a Series Regular in Arrow

Arrow fans will be pleased to know that Manu Bennett (Spartacus), who plays Slade Wilson a.k.a Deathstroke, will be a series regular for Arrow’s second season. Bennett joins the also-recently-promoted Colton Haynes (Roy Harper) and Emily Bett Rickars (Felicity Smoak).

Thanks to THR’s Lesley Goldberg, fans of the series and the comic could be seeing Slade in Season 2, on the island, and maybe… elsewhere?

Manu Bennett will be Slade in the 2nd Season

Manu Bennett will be Slade in the 2nd Season

Producers of the series have been cagey about whether Bennett would follow his comic book counterpart and become the famed villain. Greg BerlantiAndrew Kreisberg and Marc Guggenheim have written Slade as an ally to Oliver, but as we have seen they do not agree on everything.

So far we can only assume that Bennett’s scene will continue on the island, we gotta remember that Oliver (Stephen Amell) was in Lian Yu for five years. Much can happen in that time and we have yet to see what.

As a fan of the character and the series, it would be great to see Slade Wilson appear in the present day, eyepatch and all. Perhaps we could be seeing some members of the Wilson family, maybe a Ravager or two…

‘Arrow’ Renewed for a Second Season

Usually, May and October are the months most waited for the Tv critics or for New Programming “Aficionados“. Is in these moments of the year where the new projects and the cancellations are announced. Having this as a traditional timeline, when project is renewed or cancelled before this dues, gives the conclusion that the TV program was amazingly great or just awful.

Luckily, the new superhero series ‘Arrow’ has become one of the extraordinary cases. The Tv Show based on DC Comics character ‘Green Arrow’/Oliver Queen, has been renewed for its second season. The CW Network has ordered the renewal for its hit series ‘Arrow’, ‘Vampire Diaries’ and ‘Supernatural’.

The Tv show whose Pilot episode was aired on October 2012, has already been nominated for a People Choice Award for Best New Tv Drama. With 18 episodes on its first season, ‘Arrow’ has earned a 8,3/10 on the IMDB ranking.

The success of this new tv show can be rely on several facts like: the show is based on a comic book, which is the current trend for hit shows and blockbusters, looking cases like ‘The Walking Dead’ and ‘The Avengers’; the fact that the performances and the characters breaks the archetype of a common superhero stories; the fact of the collaboration of new but well known faces like Manu Bennet, Crixus on ‘Spartacus Series, playing the villain ‘DeathStroke‘ as well as Actor Seth Gabel playing villain ‘Count Vertigo‘ and Teen Wolf Colton Haynes playing Arrow Sidekick ‘Speedy’; or is it the fact the show is very profitable and successful due to the issue that is filmed in Canada where the lower taxes support the productions.

Regardless the reason, there isn’t a doubt, ‘Arrow’ is currently the “it show” in over-the-air television networks.

First Official Look At Manu Bennett as Deathstroke in Arrow

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.

Actor Liam McIntyre Engaged

With the upcoming premiere of the third season of STARZ own “Spartacus: War of the Damned”, the suscription channel has a lot of reasons to celebrate, as it for its cast. The actor that will portray “Spartacus” once again, Liam McIntyre has announced his engagement with his two-year-girlfriend Erin Hasan.

Liam McIntyre & Erin Hasan will get married in 2014.

During an interview to Australian TV, the future Mrs McIntyre told how the actor popped the big question. The proposal was all organized with a trip to Disney World on Florida, where the couple stayed for vacations. The actor arranged for a Cinderella character to “kidnap” Erin from their bedroom and taking her to another one where she had an extreme makeover and then a photoshoot. 

Finally, McIntyre for a dress to be made entirely on a Disney Princesses Themes. “I had a dress based on my three favorites Disney Princesses” Hasan expressed.

The couple will get married in Australia on January 2014.

By the way, the new season of “Spartacus: War of the Damned” starring Liam McIntyre, Manu Bennett and Viva Bianca will premiere on January 25.

Manu Bennett Will Wear Deathstroke’s Mask in Arrow

In ‘Damaged’, episode 5 of the hit-action series of CW Arrow, Jeffrey Robinson appeared briefly as Deathstroke, now the role has been recast to Spartacus gladiator co-star Manu Bennett, Crixus, (30 Days of Night) to fill the role of Slade Wilson, the DC Comics villain better known as Deathstroke. Since the character never removed his mask in the episode, the casting change will probably go unnoticed. Bennett is committed to perform in several episodes of the CW series, he’s also expected to appear in the ‘back half’ episodes next year.

According to EW, Deathstroke will be depicted again in flashbacks as he and Oliver Queen (star Stephen Amell) “form an uneasy alliance” on the North China Sea, in the Lian Yu island, where Amell’s character was shipwrecked for five years. Considering that in ‘Damaged’ Deathstroke was last seen torturing Oliver, “uneasy” is probably an understatement.

The mercenary assassin first appearance was in “New Teen Titans” #2, in December of 1980. The character was created by Marv Wolfman and George Perez. Soon Deathstroke became a regular foe of the super-team through its many incarnations while also making time to clash with Green Arrow, Batman, Nightwing and many other DC heroes.

Manu Bennett will become Deathstroke in Arrow

Manu Bennett will become Deathstroke in Arrow

Bennett has signed on for multiple episodes of Arrow. Slade Wilson is one of the many characters from the DC rogues gallery to make his way to the show in the first season. He will be joining other known characters like The Huntress, Deadshot, China White, Firefly and the Royal Flush Gang.

Arrow stars Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen, Colin Donnell as Tommy, Willa Holland as Thea Queen, with Susanna Thompson as Moira Queen, Paul Blackthorne as Detective Quentin Lance and Colin Salmon as Walter.