With every new reveal, Arrow looks to be silencing its naysayers by promising what looks to be a fairly intriguing, action-packed television series that rather nicely blends melodrama with costumed super-heroics.
Now, as seen in the extended trailer just released by The CW, Arrow also looks to have an appearance by a notorious DC villain in the works.
Hopefully, you have already watched the above trailer a few times, and seen the less-than-subtle cut to the mask of Slade Wilson - otherwise known as Deathstroke the Terminator. While the tease confirms nothing more than a fun nod to the extended DCU, casting Deathstroke as a major villain for the series would likely amp up the excitement quite a bit.
Having initially debuted in 1980 in the second issue of The New Teen Titans, Deathstroke has since become a key player in the DCU - causing major problems for the Teen Titans that came to a head in the now-classic 'Judas Contract' storyline, which played a significant role in the maturation of such characters as Dick Grayson (Robin/Nightwing) and Wally West (Kid Flash/Flash). Smallville fans likely recognize the one-eyed assassin since, like Green Arrow, Deathstroke made an appearance (albeit only during that series’ final season) in the form of Michael Hogan (Battlestar Galactica).
Should Deathstroke find his way into the Arrow universe, his appearance would certainly be cause to explore a more fantastical world than the powerless one described by Stephen Amell (Oliver Queen/Arrow), in an interview last month. Slade has superhuman abilities such as the use of 90 percent of his brain's capacity, as well as superhuman strength, agility and endurance – which were all granted to him through government experiments he willingly underwent in the military. That's all to say: for a "powerless" take on the character, a rewriting of Slade’s origin would be required.
Operating on pure speculation, Deathstroke could appear in the series as nothing more than a highly-trained, incredibly formidable assassin; or the creation of enhanced humans through science may eventually become a plot thread for the new series. Again, since all we've glimpsed is a mere shot of Slade's signature half-black mask, there's no telling whether or not he'll make an appearance at all. Additionally, since the shot suggests the mask was on the island that served as Oliver Queen's home/prison for five years, perhaps there is more to the story than Slade being a mere villain for Arrow to face off against.
Whatever the case, Arrow is showing a delightful determination to win fan approval long before the series premiere later this fall. Let's just hope The CW saves some surprises for the actual series premiere episode.
Arrow will air Wednesday nights @8:00pm on The CW.
Source: The CW
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