One of the longest lasting fan theories for Arrow was that John Diggle would eventually become Green Lantern as the CW-verse’s version of John Stewart. While Diggle and Stewart do share similarities, the former has officially been added to the mainstream DC Universe as his own character. However, a new interview with actor David Ramsey suggests that there may just be something to this theory.
Speaking with ComicBook.com, Ramsey is asked about the possibility of his character becoming Green Lantern. “Is John Diggle John Stewart? I cannot say ‘yes,’ and cannot say, ‘no.'” He then clarifies, saying that he has spoken with the producers of Arrow, and it turns out they are considering this potential path for Diggle’s character. “I do know that there is serious discussion about whether or not this guy becomes John Stewart. But, I mean, I’ll say this: it is top secret. David Ramsey has asked them, and they’re like, ‘we’re working on some stuff.’ If that’s the case, it’s gonna be huge. This is the stuff they want to avoid. I think they don’t want anybody to know yet and they haven’t even told me. They have told me that they are thinking about it and they are considering it. Greg Berlanti told me that. Andrew and Marc have told me that. I haven’t spoken to Geoff Johns about it, yet. But that’s the word from people directly involved in Arrow – that they’re working on something.” He adds, “Here’s the truth of it: if I knew, I would tell you I knew and I’m not at liberty to tell you that. I probably wouldn’t tell you anyway! I would at least tell you that I know. But I honestly do not know.”
Ramsey then goes on to discuss if he himself would be interested in taking on the role of Green Lantern. “I love John Stewart. At one of the comic cons I met the original creator of John Stewart and he is just an awesome, awesome character. To answer your question: if Diggle becomes John Stewart, I would be honored to be play that character. Honored. The same way that I am honored that John Diggle is now a part of the DC canon. That’s just an incredible honor to me. I would love it because I think that he’s an awesome character. I would love to sink my teeth into it. I don’t know how [it] would fit into the Arrow Universe because the Arrow Universe is so rooted in kind of grounded reality, if you will, however real people with a bow and arrow can be. I don’t know how a thought-based weapon fits into that world. I don’t know how that fits into Arrow, but yes, to answer that question I would love to play the character.”
So, it sounds like the crew behind Arrow is at least considering the possibility of turning Diggle into Green Lantern at some point. But, for now at least, that’s just that – consideration of an idea that may or may not come to pass. If it does, however, it would add a very interesting new layer to Diggle’s character. And who knows, if he does become Green Lantern, perhaps that could be The CW’s next Arrow spin-off. Of course, though, they could just as easily rule out this possibility in the future. So, we’ll just have to wait and see.
For the rest of ComicBook.com’s interview with Ramsey – in which he talks about the Suicide Squad, the A.T.O.M. suit and more – click the link above.