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Photos Of Spartacus' Manu Bennett As Arrow's Deathstroke Without The Mask

On this Wednesday's episode of Arrow, called "Vertigo," the adventure series introduces a major new adversary for Oliver Queen with Seth Gabel's titular, drug dealing villain becoming the latest target in the superhero's quest to clean up Starling City. And while the distributor of the dizzying narcotic is not a fight to overlook, the following week is also incredibly intriguing because Episode 13, "Betrayal," will finally reveal Slade Wilson, the man behind Deathstroke's orange and black mask.

Since the physically imposing threat during the island flashbacks has been kept hidden behind the mask while fighting and/or torturing Ollie on Lian Yu, The CW had been using a skilled fighter instead of a 'name' actor to fulfill the duties but now that his face will grace the small screen and he must remain an intimidating force, the network has brought in Manu Bennett who plays the undefeated gladiator Crixus in Spartacus.

Yep, he should be able to hold his own (and more) against the still untrained Stephen Amell but if they should encounter each other in the present, well, that's an exciting proposition (and certainly a possibility). Here's the first few looks at Bennett as Wilson, courtesy of The Huffington Post, and, as you can see, things aren't exactly friendly between the two men even though they reportedly develop a shaky truce while on the mysterious island. To what end? We'll see.

Arrow airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET on The CW. Based on DC Comics' "Green Arrow," the series stars Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, Willa Holland and Colin Donnell.