Over the last few years, a popular and exciting fan theory has proposed that Arrow co-star David Ramsey, who plays bodyguard-turned-vigilante John Diggle, could don the ring and suit of iconic DC Comics character Green Lantern. It always felt a bit like wishful thinking, but according to Ramsey himself, it may not be too farfetched after all.
In a new interview, Ramsey was asked if he could become Green Lantern, or if John Diggle was secretly fan-favorite Green Lantern Corps. member John Stewart. His answer was a firm, “I don’t know,” but it was laced with a few interesting details suggesting that such a change is certainly in the cards, and is being tossed around behind closed doors in the Arrow writer’s room:
“Is John Diggle John Stewart? I cannot say “yes,” and I cannot say, “no.” 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. I’ve asked them – 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. But they have told me that they are thinking about it and that they are considering it. But they’re not going to release anything yet. That’s exactly what the told me. Greg Berlanti told me that. Andrew [Kreisberg] and Marc [Guggenheim] have told me that. I haven’t spoken to Geoff Johns about it. 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 know the answer to that, but I’m not at liberty to tell you that. I would answer like that. I probably wouldn’t’t tell you anyway, but I would at least tell you that I know. I honestly do not know.”
I, for one, would love to see John Diggle become Green Lantern on the show and think that Ramsey is perfect for the role. He’s become one of the series’ greatest characters, but has been tragically under-utilized over the last two seasons. He also shares a few similarities with John Stewart, like a military background and strong morals. While transitioning his character into someone like John Stewart might be tricky, the writers could easily just say that Diggle’s full name is John Stewart Diggle, giving comic book readers a great bit of fan service while leaving room for Diggle to stand apart as his own character.
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