While the rest of Starling City’s resident vigilantes leap around in tight leather and domino masks, Oliver Queen’s driver, bodyguard and right-hand man John Diggle has been steadfastly trudging along beside them in regular clothes, without so much as a code name to disguise his identity. As Arrow‘s fourth season approaches, however, Diggle will have to finally submit to having a vigilante alter ego, which means that he’s getting a code name and a costume.
The Arrow himself is getting a new costume in Season 4, perhaps because he realized that Arsenal had a better outfit than him, but Oliver’s new look is a spin on the familiar. Diggle is getting an entirely new look, and now we can finally see it for ourselves.
The CW shared the first look at the new and improved(?) Diggle on Twitter today, and the immediate eye-catching detail is the jaw-length helmet and chinstrap he’s wearing in order to conceal his identity. This seems to fit with our earlier speculation that Diggle is going to be a version of DC superhero The Guardian, who in the comics was police officer called Jim Harper (Roy Harper’s great-uncle) who turns to vigilantism to fight crime that the justice system can’t handle. The original Guardian, like Diggle, did not have superpowers but was an adept fighter who wore a helmet and carried a shield.
Of course, the Guardian’s helmet and shield were golden and the helmet had a slightly different design, so Diggle’s alter ego may be a different DC Comics character or an original creation. The code name would, however, be a clever spin on Diggle’s original role as a bodyguard. Check out Diggle’s new look below.
The dark color palette isn’t too different from the clothes that Diggle usually wears and the leather jacket is probably something that he could get away with in a trendy bar, but that helmet really is something else. The response from fans so far has largely been one of bewilderment, with some suggesting that Diggle looks like Magneto (and not in a good way). On the bright side, at least he now has a pretty powerful headbutt in his arsenal, and the outfit might end up looking better in action.
Do you think John Diggle’s vigilante costume will have criminals shaking in their boots or quaking with laughter? Share your thoughts on this ensemble in the comments below.
Season 2 of The Flash premieres Tuesday, October 6 at 8pm/7 central; Season 4 of Arrow debuts Wednesday October 7 at 8pm/7 central; Legends of Tomorrow begins in 2016.