A few weeks ago, David Ramsey fueled the fire of those who suggested “John Diggle is going to be John Stewart, Green Lantern” in an interview at ComicBook.com. This week, MTV News got a more definitive answer from Arrow Executive Producer Marc Guggenheim… confirming that Diggle is not and will not suddenly be revealed as John Stewart.
“It’s funny, I’ve spoken to David quite a bit about this issue, I know it keeps coming up,” Guggenheim said in the MTV News interview. “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.”
With that said, there are two current characters who could probably become characters from the comics that we already know. Guggenheim didn’t say who, but we have some theories…
1. On Corto Maltese, Thea went by the alias “Mia.” Her middle name is already “Dearden,” and she does go by “Speedy.” Do some math there.
2. In the current Green Arrow comic books written by Arrow’s Andrew Kreisberg and Ben Sokolowski, Arthur King, the Dark Archer, is looking very… John Barrowman-like. Considering that Malcolm Merlyn “died,” and that he wants to escape Ra’s al Ghul anyway, could that be what Guggenheim is talking about?
Either way, it’s good that Guggenheim cleared up this John Stewart thing before it got too out of hand. Thanks to our friends at ComicBook.com for pointing the way to this interview.