Arrow star David Ramsey recently said in an interview that the show’s creative team has considered the possibility of John Diggle eventually becoming John Stewart, aka one of the most popular Green Lanterns. This was a popular fan theory suggesting a way for Diggle to be further connected to the mainstream DC Universe. However, writer Marc Guggenheim has now debunked this theory, but he offers an interesting tidbit regarding Stewart.
Speaking with MTV, Guggenheim confirmed that Diggle will not become Green Lantern on Arrow. However, he also reveals that DC Entertainment has “other” plans for John Stewart. “It’s funny, I’ve spoken to David [Ramsey] quite a bit about this issue, I know it keeps coming up. I spoke to [writer] Geoff Johns at DC after that interview went viral. Basically, John Diggle is now a character in the comics… John Diggle is John Diggle. We’re not being coy and saying John Diggle is someone else, i.e. John Stewart. DC has other plans for that character. We love David, and we love the character of John Diggle that he’s created. We have really cool plans for him… they involve a wedding ring, but they don’t involve a power ring.”
The fact that there are plans to use Stewart somewhere is very interesting. Perhaps he will be incorporated into a DC television show outside of The CW. Or, perhaps Stewart will be featured in 2020’s Green Lantern reboot and/or one or both Justice League films. Hal Jordan has been widely expected to be the Green Lantern of the DC Cinematic Universe’s Justice League, due to its clear influence from The New 52 lineup. However, Stewart has been a fan-favorite character since the Justice League animated series. Plus, he would add more diversity to the JLA lineup than Jordan. So, perhaps Warner Bros. will go that route. And let’s not forget Tyrese Gibson’s campaign to play Stewart on the big screen.
And it’s not the first time Arrow could not use a character due to “other plans” by DC. Last year, it was revealed that the series couldn’t use Harley Quinn beyond her brief cameo due to “other plans.” Later, it was announced that she was in the Suicide Squad film. There are also apparently plans for Ted Kord – who was originally sought to be a part of Arrow before Ray Palmer replaced him – but it’s unknown what those are.
So, it sounds like we could be seeing John Stewart in live action in the near future. Stay tuned for more news as we have it. For the rest of MTV’s interview with Guggenheim, click the link above.
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