Feeling the pressure from FBI Agent Samanda Watson and his son William, Oliver Queen has decided to hand over the mantle of the Green Arrow to his comrade and friend, John Diggle. While Diggle is happy to assume his new duties as the guardian of Star City, Queen is unaware of the new Green Arrow’s troubling nerve damage, an unfortunate result of the island explosion at the end of season five.
Entertainment Weekly recently sat down with John Diggle actor David Ramsey to discuss his character’s new role as the leader of Team Arrow:
“It’s something that Diggle honors and takes very, very seriously, so much in fact that the physical deficiency that he has, he’s going to great lengths to hide it from the team and fulfill the call that’s been placed on him by Oliver. So he takes it very, very seriously. He’s quite honored by it and he takes it with pride.”
Diggle may be the current man under the hood, but it isn’t permanent:
“No. No, it’s Green Arrow. Stephen Amell is Green Arrow. It’s not going to last. Of course not, but I think it’s very interesting and it’s an interesting twist on how it fits into the ultimate theme of the season, I think it’s very clever. I think it’s an interesting detour. It also gives us some time with Oliver. I think it’s great, and he has some great writing. Stuff is happening between him and Deathstroke, and he and his son and he and Felicity. It’s awesome. I think holding it for the few episodes I have the mantle, that’s the appropriate amount of time.”
Recently, Diggle’s relationship with his wife, Lyla Michaels, has been strained, with her role as the new head of A.R.G.U.S. Now that he’s the Green Arrow, trust will play an even bigger role in his character’s story line:
The issue of trust is very serious between them, as it is with he and all the team members. I go back to this physical limitation that he suffered in the explosion on the island that really does affect his whole life — his life with the team, his life with Lyla — because he goes about making some choices that are not honest, and that also strikes a particular chord between he and Lyla because of how much he has ridiculed her position as the new Amanda Waller, and the issues of walking that very thin line of light and dark … He’s had some real questions about that. Now he’s not walking the talk, so to speak. That ground hasn’t been settled yet.”
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Arrow airs on Thursdays at 9:00 PM ET on The CW.
Source: Entertainment Weekly
7 Great Deathstroke Stories That Could Inspire The Movie
Now that fans know Deathstroke will be getting his own movie directed by The Raid’s Gareth Evans, it’s time for everyone to brush up on their Slade Wilson knowledge. Deathstroke is DC’s deadliest assassin and one of the smartest tacticians in the world, as well as the oldest foe of the Teen Titans. He’s even taken on the whole Bat-family single-handedly and escaped, proving just how tough of a fighter he is.
The movie will likely depict him as an anti-hero of sorts, a relatively new status for the character. Throughout most of his history Deathstroke has always been more of a self-interested fighter than a righteous man, but recently he’s developed a conscious and a desire to help people in DC Rebirth. He was even one of the main villains in the Batman: Arkham Origins game, proving that audiences are ready for more Slade Wilson.
Hit Next to learn about seven great Deathstroke stories that could inspire the movie!