In the wake of San Diego Comic Con 2015, news about season four of the CW’s Arrow has centered around Oliver Queen’s (Stephen Amell) new look as well as his erstwhile partner John Diggle’s (David Ramsey) new costume and the addition of new characters in the forms of Damien Darhk, Mister Terrific and Anarky.
While Diggle’s costume seems to be the most unassuming of threads to join the DC television universe, many of these development fall in line with showrunner Marc Guggenheim’s statement about this next season’s “lighter tone.” Still, with Oliver having apparently left his vigilante persona behind to ride off into the sunset with Felicity Smoak (temporarily, or so it seems), the leadership of the soon-to-be-renamed Starling City’s Team Arrow is left to John Diggle.
During an interview at SDCC 2015 with Comicbook.com, David Ramsey opened up about what season four has in store for Diggle, and what he’d like to see in the future from the CW’s TV universe, which at this point includes Arrow and its spinoff The Flash, and is set to expand even further with DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.
Ramsey spoke of being a little bit surprised at the costume choice for Diggle, and hinted that the costume will somehow connect to “some kind of concealment” for the character which the show first alluded to back in season one. Ramsey reiterated some of his previous comments about the importance of criminal organization H.I.V.E. to this next season, saying that Diggle will have “a big, personal story” in season four, presumably focused on Diggle’s desire for revenge against the outfit responsible for his brother’s murder.
As for Diggle’s personal animosity toward Oliver at the end of season three, Ramsey suggests that while Diggle and Oliver will eventually “kiss and make up,” Diggle’s issues will not be resolved immediately, saying:
“Everyone at the end of season three was happy that Arrow was back and was going to continue the mission, except for Diggle. He had a personal problem with Arrow and it wasn’t so much what he did with Lyla and kidnapping Lyla. It’s the fact that he trusted Merlyn more than he did the team. And Diggle’s a soldier, so if he can’t trust him in the field, he’d rather not work with him.”
Ramsey acknowledged that we are possibly living in the Golden Age of comic book television at the moment, and that Arrow was met with plenty of skepticism when it debuted, saying “Arrow lived in the shadow of Smallville and Justin Hartley.” With the genre taking off, Ramsey was asked if he’d like to crossover into The Flash. His response:
“I would love to. The Flash, Legends…I would love to do Supergirl. I would love to see Diggle’s reaction to a flying woman, just at sublight speeds or whatever. Diggle’s reaction to The Flash was classic. I’d love to see how he would have reacted to Supergirl. So we’ll see. But if you ask [Greg] Berlanti, I’m sure that’s the plan. If all these shows are successful, why not?”
Ramsey also commented that he’d like to see Bruce Wayne show up in the Arrowverse at some point, but “Not Batman, just Bruce Wayne.” The obvious perceived roadblock between Supergirl crossing over with Arrow is the fact that they exist on two separate networks. Yet they share an executive producer in the form of Greg Berlanti… could Ramsey be correct in his assessment that a possible cross-network crossover isn’t impossible if Supergirl proves a hit?
Maybe, maybe not. One other problem is that so far in the Arrow universe there has been no mention of a certain Kryptonian superhero, his mild-mannered reporter counterpart, nor the city of Metropolis. With Batman prequel series Gotham entering its second season, we probably shouldn’t expect any references to Gotham City, even though we’ve heard mention of Bludhaven on occasion.
With the DC-based movies and TV shows existing in an acknowledged multiverse and the multiple parallel worlds and timelines set to show up next season on The Flash, it may actually be wiser for Arrow to stick to Starling City and the exploits of Team Arrow, rather than bite off more than it can chew. The next season of Arrow is still taking shape, and while it may be lighter than what came before, the likes of The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow will need a more grounded counterpart set within the same continuity.
Arrow returns for season four Wednesday, October 7th, at 8PM on The CW; The Flash returns for season two Tuesday, October 6th, at 8PM on The CW; Legends of Tomorrow is expected to air on The CW in early 2016.
Supergirl premieres on CBS at 8:30 p.m. EST on October 26th, 2015. It will air at 8 p.m. EST on Mondays thereafter.
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