Manu Bennett Thinks Arrow Took Deathstroke In The Wrong Direction
Comicbook.com has published some excerpts from an interview actor Manu Bennett, who played the friend turned enemy Slade Wilson aka Deathstroke on the CW’s ARROW in which he gives his opinions on how the character was dealt with on the show and how it should have been done.
Just about everyone loves Manu Bennett’s take on Deathstroke the Terminator on The CW’s Arrow…except, apparently, Bennett himself.
“I think Deathstroke had a lot of possibilities with Arrow but, I think they took it in the wrong direction,” Bennett told theMusic.com.au during an interview in support of his appearances at Melbourne’s Supanova.
“I think they should have honoured the Marv Wolfman character who was literally unstoppable. I read the DC comic books and thought Deathstroke was so bad arse because they make it that nobody can stop him. He’s not even super-powered, he is just a mercenary,” explained Bennett, who also starred as a villain in Warner Bros.’ The Hobbit films. “It took the Justice League to defeat him; it took an army to take him on. In Arrow, it took a while for Oliver [Queen/Arrow] to prove his point, but [season three] was just a beating of Slade, adding insult to injury.”
While there were quite a few similar complaints from fans about Bennett’s sole Season Three appearance on the show — where he was defeated by Oliver and Thea after escaping from his prison on Lian Yu — the way Deathstroke was handled in the show isn’t dissimilar to how major villains are frequently depicted in the comics.
Check out Comicbook.com for the rest of the story from them about this and Bennett’s comments.