Home Invasion

Arrow isn’t really my bag in general, but I know a good deal of you out there are big fans of the series, particularly since its second season.

One of the elements of the show and its cast that I’ve really admired is just how open its stars are with fans, Stephen Amell especially.

But David Ramsey, who plays the original character Diggle, is no slouch in that department either; never being shy to sit down with the comics press and chat out all the DC mythology that’s unfolding each week.

In a recent interview with our friends at Comicbook.com, Ramsey discussed one of the year-long theories that’s been floating around about John Diggle: that he’s really Green Lantern John Stewart. Here’s the pertinent excerpt from their interview:

Now, John Stewart… Is John Diggle John Stewart? I cannot say “yes,” and cannot say, “no.”

Oh, come on!

I’m serious! 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.

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.

It’s definitely more of a no comment than anything else. Not that my opinion means a hill of beans, but from the Arrow I’ve watched, Diggle has been my favorite character by far. I’d rather he remain his own thing, and inspire comic writers to come up with great storylines involving him in Green Arrow (akin to how Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino introduced him during their run).

But what do you think? It’s only a matter of time before John Stewart is our next on-screen Green Lantern, should it be David Ramsey?


  1. well lets see, they have a flash, green arrow, black canary, firestorm, and arsenal. with the atom on deck, and characters like ralph dibney (did I get that last name right?) being mentioned. now they’re teasing a green lantern .heck, throw in hawkman , hawkgirl, martian manhunter, and aquaman, and you have the makings of a tv justice league. I could be wrong but maybe this is the direction they’re heading in. I wonder if somewhere down the road, if these guys will go for the gold and have supes, bats, and wonder woman show up in one of these shows?

  2. Make Dig’s full name John Stewart Diggle and boom, problem solved. Not sure that they could get away with making him an architect in his pre-enlistment life, too, but that really doesn’t matter when both Dig and the actor who portrays him pretty much *are* John Stewart in personality to begin with.

  3. The Beat seems to have more and more of these links-to-other-article-with-commentary in lieu of actual original content.

  4. The architect back-story really isn’t important to the character, and frankly just confuses it. It’s a byproduct of too many cooks, each trying to do something different with the stew.

    Likewise, so what if his name is different? It could actually work to their advantage: avoiding the confusion of a superhero who shares a name with a political comedian. A TV show changed the Hulk’s name from Bruce to David without the world shattering.

  5. Fred, it’s not so much as less of original content as MORE from Kyle and Hannah who have taken over the entertainment news segment. If you don’t like these stories, just skip them.

  6. Stewart’s architect background might be difficult to construct for Diggle, but the other aspect of Stewart’s history is his stint in the Marine Corps. From what we’ve seen of the on-screen Diggle, that shouldn’t be a problem at all. And, as Rob J said — John Stewart Diggle, VOILA!!

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