Remember the times when Arrow on CW was must-see television? Stephen Amell, Oliver Queen/Arrow, reminisced about the glory days of seasons one and two. Having Manu Bennett on the show as Deathstroke was a stroke of genius on the part of the showrunners.
You can make the argument the series hasn’t been the same since the departure of Bennet. The flashback sequences? Not the same without Manu/Slade. Villains? The Ra’s arch and now Damien Dark feel flat.
I know his name is Manu, but he will always be Crixus to me. The guy fits the role of villain or hero perfectly. Want to see him on TV? Binge the Shannara Chronicles on MTV. Yeah, I know. MTV. But, somehow the network turned in an extremely watchable show.
Why? Manu Bennett’s portrayal of the last Druid, Allanon. Sure, go in knowing its MTV and you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the entire show. Between it and The Expanse on Syfy, I have to rethink my rejection of networks that traditionally let us down on original content.
Stephen Amell on Deathstroke
Speaking at the Heroes and Villains Fan Fest in New Jersey, Amell damn near pitched CW to return everyone’s favorite character.
“Manu is a character, and Manu played a great character. And I really honestly think that Arrow has been missing something since he hasn’t been around. I really do. He was a transformative villain. I would really love it if Deathstroke could keep being a part of the Arrow universe.”
Hell yes. We need Deathstroke to break out of prison and go on a rampage. Actually, he needs his own show. Netflix-Daredevil style. Something darker with the ability for viewers to binge 10-13 episodes.
Let me dream. In the meantime, my DVR is set for Allanon, and I’m rewatching Spartacus. You don’t get more badass than Crixus and Gannicus.