TV News: Spartacus Spin-off & Manu Bennett Joins Arrow As Wade Wilson

by on November 30, 2012

in Entertainment

Spartacus War of the Damned on Starz

I thought I would take a moment and join two pieces of news here about a Spartacus spin-off, how a Spartacus cast member is joining Arrow, and why I became a die-hard fan of Manu Bennett.

Spartacus Spin-Off

Deadline is reporting that even though the third season of Spartacus, titled Spartacus: War of the Damned is in its final season, there seems to be chatter about Starz looking at a spin-off of the bloody drama series.

Robert Tapert, one of the executive producers of Spartacus, is pitching the idea of this spin-off, to continue a bit of the story of that era.  The spin-off, in his mind, would focus on Gauis Julius Caesar.  And it just so happens that Caesar will be introduced in the third season of Spartacus.

Caesar will be played by Australian actor Todd Lasance, and will be a huge pia for Spartacus.

It could be interesting if TV viewers follow suit, and they might.  Spartacus pulls in around 6 million viewers so I’d guess a spin-off just might work.  Though, on a side-note, I’m not sure why the plug was really pulled on the show if it had that kind of a draw.

Season three, Spartacus: War of the Damned, will premiere January 15th, 2013.

Speaking of…

Manu Bennett Joining Arrow

Manu Bennett, from Spartacus, Joins ARROW

One of the cast of Spartacus is Manu Bennett.  EW is reporting that Manu has landed a huge role in the CW series, Arrow.  He’ll be playing Slade Wilson.  And if you know your Green Arrow franchise lore, you know that’s a pretty big role.

Though… it’s being said that the studio is playing mum on whether Wade Wilson will actually become Deathstroke in the evolution of the character on-screen, but they say he’s committed to a multiple episode appearance.

And I’m presuming he’ll probably wear a bit more clothing in this role than in his Crixus role.

Bennett helps round out a great looking cast of Arrow and the show seems to be maturing along nicely, when it airs on The CW on Wednesday nights.

Side note:

A few years back, I was hanging a bit (in the area) with Manu Bennett at an appearance at Comic-Con.  When he was walking up to his scheduled stage appearance, his handler was telling him he needed to move along to be on time for his appearance.  But a young handicapped kid yelled out something about Bennett or Crixus being his hero.

Bennett stopped short in his tracks, ignoring the urging of timeliness, turned to the kid, and roughed him up.  IN A FUN WAY.  It was awesome to see him turn and play around with the kid and this made the kid’s day, if not his life.  He was laughing and giggling and it was a beautiful thing to see.

Manu Bennett (Spartacus) with a fan at Comic Con

We need more people like Manu in the world.

Since that day, I’ve been a hard-core Manu Bennett fan.  I’m just saying.  Something to think about.  And maybe this additional moment might have had something to do with it too:

Bruce with Manu Bennett and Liam McIntyre of Spartacus

[Caesar Spin-off: deadline]
[Manu Bennett:  ew]

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Bruce Simmons May 14, 2014 at 5:37 am

Your welcome… yes, Manu made an instant life-long fan out of me when he did that. (You have to love when actors blow off their time-crunching publicists.)

Duvien May 12, 2014 at 4:33 pm

Just getting into Spartacus and that Manu Bennett at Comic-Con story is awesome. Thanks for posting it.

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