Now that it appears the character of Deathstroke may be showing up in the upcoming Justice League film as well as Ben Affleck’s Batman movie, many have wondered if that means that we won’t see Manu Bennett‘s Slade on Arrow ever again.
When asked about this development at the Salt Lake Comic Con, Stephen Amell had some good and encouraging news.
“That’s actually something that people bring up on a regular basis, that I see on Twitter, that DC has told us you can’t have or you must get rid of [this character]. That’s not how that works. Diane Nelson, Geoff Johns – the people at Warner Bros. on the feature side, the people at Warner Bros. on the television side – are all in the business of making the best products for fans. Diane Nelson sent me a very, very eloquent e-mail and explanation as to why they thought that the Cinematic Universe and the television universe should remain separate. It was befitting of someone who has risen to the head of DC Entertainment, and it made perfect sense to me. So, just because there may or may not be a Deathstroke in the DC Extended Universe doesn’t mean Manu Bennett can’t exist on our show. Just becuase Will Smith played Floyd Lawton, doesn’t mean that Michael Rowe wouldn’t have the opportunity again, despite the fact that he’s dead,” Amell said.
“There is no infighting,” Amell assured. “There is no war between the two factions. And, in the grand scheme of things, I think the television universe has done just fine for itself.”
You can watch video of that panel below.