Six months before Warner Bros. officially announced their Suicide Squad movie back in September 2014, The CW's hit TV series Arrow introduced their own version of this villainous group, which featured DC Comics characters Amanda Waller (Cynthia Addai-Robinson), Deadshot (Michael Rowe), Bronze Tiger (Michael Jai White) and Shrapnel (Sean Maher). While this lineup is obviously much different than the Suicide Squad movie lineup, the series eventually killed off both Amanda Waller and Deadshot, leading fans to speculate if they were removed because of the Suicide Squad movie. Another pivotal Arrow character, Deathstroke (Manu Bennett) hasn't been seen since Season 3, and Arrow executive producer Marc Guggenheim recently teased on his Tumblr page that he won't be popping up anytime soon, since he is "currently tied up in another DC project."
It has been clear from the start that the DC Extended Universe exists separately from the TV universe, which allows for two different versions of a character like Barry Allen to be played by two different actors, Grant Gustin on The Flash TV series and Ezra Miller in the upcoming The Flash movie set to hit theaters in 2018. Still, it seems that DC could be "forcing" shows like Arrow to kill off characters who will be featured in their upcoming movies, but there is no proof that this is actually happening.
Marc Guggenheim wouldn't specifically say which "DC project" that Deathstroke would be involved in, but a rumor surfaced this past summer that Scott Eastwood's mysterious character in Suicide Squad may actually be Slade Wilson, a.k.a. Deathstroke. The actor's character still hasn't been confirmed at this time, so we'll have to wait and see. It's possible that Deathstroke may also be featured in any number of Warner Bros.' DC movies, but we don't know for sure at this time. After Manu Bennett's Deathstroke had a major arc in Arrow Season 2, he only appeared in one Season 3 episode, and hasn't been seen since then.
Marc Guggenheim also responded to a fan, who claimed he previously said that Deadshot was off limits, but both Waller and Deathstroke were safe, before Waller was killed and Deathstroke seemingly disappeared from the show. The fan claimed that Arrow characters being killed off for the Suicide Squad movie was a "slap in the face" to Arrow fans, but the producer responded, "Um... I never said that." Since it's been established that both the movie and TV universes are separate, it's intriguing how certain Arrow characters have been disappearing as we get closer to Suicide Squad's release.
If Deathstroke is in fact being used for an upcoming DC movie, then it seems unlikely that Manu Bennett will reprise that role from Arrow. However, it's also possible that he may be used in the new series DC's Legends of Tomorrow, but that hasn't been confirmed either. What do you think about Deathstroke moving over to the DCEU? Chime in with your thoughts, and stay tuned for more updates.