Manu Bennett Talks Playing Deathstroke on Arrow

Spartacus actor Manu Bennett has joined the cast of Arrow as Slade Wilson, aka Deathstroke. Previously playing a gladiator, it shouldn’t be too much of a stretch to play the ruthless mercenary, right? Bennett spoke with Access Hollywood about playing the role, which he found quite different.

“There’s a very different style to Arrow than what there was to Spartacus. Even when I got there I had a discussion with the writer Andrew Kreisberg about what they wanted and they didn’t want Crixus that’s for sure, they wanted something original for the show. Arrow is reality based, it’s here in the now….It’s very fast moving action, it’s a whole new techique that I’m learning with them. There’s some simliatires (from Spartacus) in that I come onto the show against another strong character.”

Bennett will first appear as the mercenary in the series’ twelfth episode, titled “Betrayal,” which airs February 6. Arrow airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT.