Manu Bennett Cast As Deathstroke On ARROW

A bit of inspired casting here. Fans familiar with Manu Bennett from Spartacus will be pleased to learn that he has been cast as Deathstroke on the CW's Arrow. Read on for details.

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By Mark Julian - 11/30/2012


Bennet, mostly known for his role as Crixus from Starz's Spartacus has been cast as Slade Wilson aka Deathstroke on the CW's Arrow. Deathstroke was previously introduced in flashbacks and will again be seen in Episode 9 said Executive Producer Andrew Kreisberg. So far, the masked villain has yet to remove his head-ware but that's all set to change now that Bennet's been awarded the role. It's thought that Slade Wilson, portrayed by Bennet, will return in the back half of Arrow's first season but in present day Starling City. You can expect Bennet to appear in multiple episodes.

Deathstroke was previously played by stuntman Jeffrey C. Robinson.



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Running Time: 60 min
Release Date: October 10, 2012
MPAA Rating: Tv-14
Starring: Katie Cassidy, Stephen Amell and Willa Holland
Directed by: David Nutter
Written by: Greg Berlanti (story/writer), Marc Guggenheim (story/writer), Andrew Kreisberg (writer), George Papp (character) and Mort Weisinger (character)

Source: EW
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TheHawkWithin - 11/30/2012, 9:41 AM
Not sure how I feel about this, I thought they already had an actor for Deathstroke.
LMB10 - 11/30/2012, 9:49 AM
Not seen him before, but cool I guess.
DCjohnny - 11/30/2012, 9:57 AM
cool...
Vafrous - 11/30/2012, 10:02 AM
He would've made a great tv Bane...
WolvieCBM - 11/30/2012, 10:13 AM
So, in episode 9, Deathstroke will get so say something? He won't be mute?
crazymarvelgurl95 - 11/30/2012, 10:14 AM
Havent watched the show yet but looks cool.
GetsugaTensho22 - 11/30/2012, 10:18 AM
[frick]ing Love Manu!! The man's a [frick]ing beast, Intense actor, and a really nice guy!! :D He's Kiwi, but [frick] that, He's awesome!! :D :D :D
CampBlood - 11/30/2012, 10:18 AM
manu is my fancast for wolverine

MarkJulian - 11/30/2012, 10:18 AM
@WolvieCBM Nope they've already filmed that bit. Bennet will appear at some point during the last 9 episodes of season 1 in civilian attire.
Tony93 - 11/30/2012, 10:19 AM
I love Spartacus, but knowing its Thier final season makes me.. Sad :/ but now I'm not that sad since ill be watching crixus fight green arrow!
Tony93 - 11/30/2012, 10:22 AM
Ahh.. Rip Andy
MarkJulian - 11/30/2012, 10:22 AM
@CampBlood Never had that thought before but I could definitely see that.
MarkJulian - 11/30/2012, 10:23 AM
But I just checked, he's 43 so a bit too old now probably or he will be when Jackman hands up the claws.
dezdigi - 11/30/2012, 10:26 AM
I'm excited for the rest of this season.
KNIGHT3000 - 11/30/2012, 10:29 AM
Wow, he really looks like Slade too
HeadlessJensen - 11/30/2012, 10:30 AM
This is awesome! I loved him in Spartacus! I'm totally stoked!
Sortis - 11/30/2012, 10:39 AM
@Campblood heck yeah! he is only 5'11 too, good call!
ironpool007 - 11/30/2012, 10:47 AM
Well he certainly looks he has the physical prowess for the role. I always pictured Stephen Lang for the part, but this guy could work. Just wish they would do something with the costume. Make it like the new 52 suit with some metal pieces on it.
Azrael725 - 11/30/2012, 10:49 AM
He's is awesome in Spartacus. He is actually my choice to play bane in my fancast: http://www.comicbookmovie.com/fan_fic/news/?a=68301

I really need to get caught up on this show lol
parascythe - 11/30/2012, 10:51 AM
he could also be a good cast as Hercules in avengers
but it seems that he is dc now
Hellsing - 11/30/2012, 10:53 AM
The dudes an absolute [frick]ing beast on Spartacus, so its a good choice.
TheManWithBigEars - 11/30/2012, 10:57 AM
Wow really good casting
The show has been hit n miss but damn... Tidbits like this keep me watching!
KURockChalk - 11/30/2012, 10:58 AM
useless info...he was also on Zena, played Marc Antony
KURockChalk - 11/30/2012, 10:58 AM
xena...my bad
wasnt paying attention
TruBeliever - 11/30/2012, 11:04 AM
@CampBlood - Inspired casting .. I sincerly hope that someone, anyone from FOX studios reads the articles on this site. Hugh is not Wolverine and never has been. he xmen films sadly have been a tremendous let down excluding Alan Cummings, Kelsey Grammer and Sir Patrick Stewart.
DCjohnny - 11/30/2012, 11:06 AM
he is perfect for the role .... just make him more deadly....
nikgrid - 11/30/2012, 11:21 AM
He's a bit maori for an old white guy.
Minghagz - 11/30/2012, 11:33 AM
Bring it! Nice casting!
Logan276 - 11/30/2012, 11:34 AM
Great casting! He's awesome on spartacus :D
SuperFrost - 11/30/2012, 11:38 AM
this show is Awesome
does need a little better fight direction but fantastic
sameoldthing - 11/30/2012, 12:00 PM
Great casting..i wonder if he will have grey/white hair?
Perhaps since China White has that hair color,Slade will not.

It's a tad annoying that the first appearance of Deathstroke he had both eyes,i suppose we will see him lose one in battle on the island.

In comics,the whole reason one side of face is black is due to his missing eye.
Well,despite that flaw i do like this actor.
wearethewalkingdead9 - 11/30/2012, 12:00 PM
@yossarian, i think it was meant to be a warning sign to people who came to the island along with being a hint that oliver took out deathstroke's eye.
Dedpool - 11/30/2012, 12:15 PM
I can dig it!! Bennet is a beast as Crixus!!
redlion - 11/30/2012, 1:15 PM
Okay so give him silver hair and an eyepatch and I can dig it.
Jer3miah - 11/30/2012, 1:19 PM
I think the best scene with this show was when Deathstroke first appeared and fought Oliver's mentor. That fight sequence was beyond epic. More than you could ask from a tv show. I hope they keep the stunt guy for the fight scenes.
StrangerX - 11/30/2012, 1:46 PM
Spartacus season 1 was one of my favorite shows.
AnimatedTdot - 11/30/2012, 1:53 PM
This mask should be more like the Injustice Gods Among Us version.
fistofthenorthstar - 11/30/2012, 1:54 PM
He'd make an awesome Sabretooth!!!
DevilHulk666 - 11/30/2012, 2:00 PM
chur chur manu ,kia kaha bro !!
wearethewalkingdead9 - 11/30/2012, 2:07 PM
@yossarian, no problem man
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