Because DC Comics is not into cross-pollination between its television and film products, some popular characters have been scrubbed from TV plot lines so that they can appear on the silver screen. The most recent example of such chicanery: members of the Suicide Squad universe no longer appearing on the CW’s Arrow, after the film became a global smash.
Comic fans could reasonably assume, then, that Deathstroke, the baddie portrayed by Manu Bennett on Arrow, would not be returning to the show now that The Villain Formerly Known As Slade Wilson has been confirmed for the Justice League film and upcoming Batman standalone starring Ben Affleck. But hark, a sign of hope from Arrow's titular star, Stephen Amell.
"That's actually something that people bring up on a regular basis…that DC has told us you can’t have or you must get rid of [this character],” Amell told the crowd at the Salt Lake City Comic-Con over the weekend (via ComicBookMovie). “That’s not how that works. Diane Nelson and 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. 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."
Deathstroke will battle the Justice League when the film opens on Nov. 17, 2017. Until then, check out some awesome cosplayers at PAX East: