First Look at Deathstroke & Actor John Barrowman in ‘Arrow’

Published 3 years ago by , Updated October 16th, 2012 at 3:53 pm,

First look at Deathstroke on Arrow First Look at Deathstroke & Actor John Barrowman in Arrow

Starling City (and The CW) have a new savior in Arrow - who dominated last week’s rating by kicking in the teeth of hired assassin Constantine Drakon but a greater challenge is coming for the fledgling hero in the form of deadly DC Comics mercenary Deathstroke the Terminator. After giving the highly-anticipated character a nod in the premiere episode via his tattered iconic black and orange mask, the CW is now giving fans a better look at one of the series’ most dangerous supervillains.

IGN had the exclusive, dimly-lit, image – showing the fan-favorite character holding one of the titular hero’s trademark arrows. Comic-book sticklers will be delighted to see Deathstroke sporting his famed half-black and half-orange mask. The CW is also giving fans an extra treat by pairing the newly released Deathstroke photo with the first images of John Barrowman (Torchwood) as a mysterious, still-unnamed, character. Currently only known as “Well-Dressed Man”, judging by the new photos, it looks like Barrowman’s character will pose a threat to both Arrow and his alter ego Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell).

Check out the first look of Deathstroke and  the “Well-Dressed Man” released via IGN and The Hollywood Reporter, respectively:


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The fact that Deathstroke and Barrowman’s “Well-Dressed Man” will both make their Arrow debut in episode five, titled ‘Damaged’ had led to speculation that the two characters are one in the same. Although this seems unlikely as stuntman/actor Jeffrey C. Robinson is billed as playing Deathstroke, it wouldn’t be the first time two actors played the same character in and out of costume.

That said, in the DC comics on which Arrow is based, Deathstroke has stuck predominantly more to the war room than the boardroom, which also makes it somewhat improbable Barrowman’s mysterious character is an updated version of Deathstroke’s alter ego Slade Wilson.

Exactly who is under the mask is not the only rumor swirling around Deathstroke’s upcoming appearance on Arrow – after seeing his torn mask on the same mysterious island Oliver was stranded on for five years, many fans are predicting Arrow may have been trained by Deathstroke himself.

Whether or not the two are the one in the same will be revealed when the Deathstroke/”Well-Dressed Man” saga begins in November with the fifth episode ‘Damaged.’


Catch Arrow Wednesdays @ 8/7c on The CW.

Source: IGN & THR

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  1. sickk

  2. Sweet. Deathstroke actually looks pretty cool. I was afraid a little because I thought Deadshot just looked awful. I’m still thinking that John Barrowman will be Count Vertigo.

  3. awesome.

  4. What did they use for his mask? Almost looks painted on but at the same time constructed with some kind of animation (or just a really good rubber mask?). His eyes look very menacing though and I was beginning to lose hope when I saw deadshot, but this isn’t that bad.

    • I feel the same but still very happy they apparently did Deathstroke some justice, apparently.

      • I wasn’t trying to imply I disliked it the mask, I was just curious what is it made out of?

        • Sorry, I meant I felt the same way about Deadshot :P

  5. Don’t get your hopes up yet people, just because the character’s costume is good doesn’t mean it’s going to be good. You should know from now after seeing many films like Mortal Kombat ie others. Somehow they are going to find a way to **** up the character so bad your going to be piss mad at em.

  6. If you look at the photo, it looks like a “primitive” arrow that Deathstroke is holding. So I’m betting episode 5 is where we get the flashbacks to how Deathstroke plays into the whole island saga.

    I hope despite the implications of the mask in the first episode that Deathstroke is alive to show up in the “present” as well.

    • Didn’t even think about that! Would be very wishful thinking but how cool would that be if he was?

      • considering the fact that they are introducing deadshot and deathstroke so soon, barrowman could be playing bruce wayne

        • He certainly looks like New 52 Bruce.

  7. If they can keep deathstroke in his trademark look, why not keep deadshot’s? Deadshot’s look is actually relatively simpler. I like tho, looks like good ‘ol slade.

    • Isn’t it the exact opposite? In my opinion if you’re going to make a good deadshot you have to include all of his bad-ass gadgets or at least something resembling that kick-ass mask. With Deathstroke it’s a little more simple because you can just get some nice looking Kevlar (like they did) and really work that mask and eye shadow.

      If I was ever going to be pleased with Deadshot I would want a full armored mask, which is asking a hell of a lot considering the budget these people have.

  8. I For One Am Not Complaining, He Look So AWESOME So Much Better That Smallville Verison

  9. Looks pretty cool. But why does it seem like it’s face paint?

  10. From that pic, Barrowman looks like Clark Kent…..

  11. That looks awesome!
    I can’t figure out what that mask is made out of though… is it rubber?
    It looks great, I hope they use the same material for Deadpool when he finally gets a movie.

  12. Not bad… not bad at all haven’t seen Arrow yet but i hear that its fantastic so i will soon this looks cool

  13. I want that mask for Halloween!

  14. Deathstroke looks freaking awesome, I can’t wait for that episode to air. The mask looks good but can’t figure out what its made of, that same concept would work great for deadpool.

    • Your comment seems very familiar… ;)

  15. they got the orange wrong but HELL YEAH!!!

  16. Deathstroke. The man who sounds like a fatal case of masturbation. :D

  17. Deathstroke looks great now what does Huntress looks like.

  18. This show looks pretty cool…makes my bowstring go “twang”, I know that!

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  20. This show just seems to keep getting better and better. I really think they are on to something really big here. Deathstroke looks awesome, just awesome! I love the mystery surrounding characters like the well dressed man. Very cool! The CW has a hit on their hands here, potentially a huge hit!

  21. Count Vertigo or Maxwell Lord. Or, come on, it’s a fanboy dream, but could he be Bruce Wayne? I know it’s stupidly unlikely.

  22. yesss this looks like a great comic book television show it’s better than most of anything on CW this season bad ass action great show

  23. Guy in the suit may end up being Count Vertigo but Deathstroke looks awesome