Sticking with DC news for Geeksmas day 22 but it’s the CW TV universe today.
For the most part, I’ve really enjoyed the “Arrowverse”, though it has had ups and downs, I’ve found it to be an enjoyable portrayal of characters that, otherwise, may have never been seen in live action form. One complaint that I’ve had for a few years is WB tying the networks hands together regarding some characters.
Throughout season 2 of Arrow, they’d began laying the groundwork for their very own Suicide Squad, including Deadshot and Captain Boomerang but when WB decided that they were going to be using the characters in a Suicide Squad movie, they told the network that they were no longer able to use the characters. A similar fate befell Deathstroke, when it was first announced that he was set to feature in The Batman (should it ever actually be made), he was made “off-limits”.
These decisions were apparently made so that the public wouldn’t be confused by all the multiple versions of characters. Firstly, how dumb do they think we are? Secondly, these are comic book characters, it’s practically normal to have multiple versions of characters and especially DC characters (multiverse!?). Third, finally and, perhaps most importantly, there’s two versions of Barry Allen. Grant Gustin on the TV and Ezra Miller in the movies…..
Last year it seemed that WB had loosened their grip however and Deathstroke made a triumphant return at the end of Season 5 of Arrow, before making several appearances this season, including a two-part episode that had him as the main character, as he and Oliver tried to find and rescue Slade’s son. Now, however, it seems we’ll not be getting a conclusion to this arc, as Arrow executive producer Marc Guggenheim has confirmed we can forget about seeing Deathstroke return. In the interview below he’s asked a series of questions, including restrictions on characters at about the 4 minute mark.
“These are DC’s characters, we’re just renting them ya know, so we use the characters that they tell us we can use when we can use them, and we work around whatever limitations that places us,” explains in the video interview below.
“For a time they were saying ‘you can’t use Deathstroke’, and that changed and we were able to have Slade Wilson back on the show, and now we’re back to ‘you can’t use him’.” So, why the change? It’s down to the movies, obviously. “They’re working on the feature film version, it really is sort of now that you’ve got obviously Slade, spoiler alert, Deathstroke appears at the end of the Justice League movie.”
Are you disappointed that we’ve seen the last of Manu Bennett’s Deathstroke? Because I am. The actor has done a phenomenal job and, in my opinion, every scene he’s in is better for it. Do you think you’d be capable of following a TV version of a character, as well as a separate movie version? Let us know your thoughts.