The cast of The CW's "Arrow" continues to expand for its sophomore season.
The hooded vigilante series added yet another regular cast member to its ranks, The Hollywood Reporter confirmed yesterday. Manu Bennett, who has held a recurring role as Slade Wilson (aka the man who would be Deathstroke) on the series, has been bumped up to a series regular starting in the fall.
The superhero series has been one of the Fall season's few great success stories, and Bennett has been a welcome addition to the cast this season as the tough and unforgiving mercenary who forges an uneasy alliance with Oliver Queen during his stay on the island Purgatory. During his few appearances so far, Wilson has made a physical impact on his island captors while also giving Queen a few tough lessons that surely shaped him into the tireless vigilante viewers know and love.
Wilson joins fellow recurring characters who will play bigger roles next season such as Emily Bett Rickard, who plays tech wizard Felicity Smoak, and Colton Haynes as the delinquent Roy (aka the future (?) Arrow sidekick Speedy).
Producers remain mum about whether Wilson will evolve into the villainous Deathstroke, but one thing is certain: good or bad, expect Slade Wilson to play a pivotal role next season.