EDITORIAL: His Name...Is John DIGGLE
Diggle is no more than Diggle
If there was a CW GL TV, or EVEN A GL cameo (which is a HUGE character to simply cameo...) logically …they WOULD use Hal if they can get the rights and considering we may be getting a small screen and a big screen Barry Allen, the rights to Hal Jordan don't seem to far off. Although Arrow has modified parts of the comic, they have done a pretty good job (the Flash follows the same route) of keeping key components correct, thats the same reason I would be disappointed if they modified the Crisis on Infinite Earth's storyline to make Harrison Wells that version of Barry from the future...its a huge story arch to change, and the trio of friendship that exists between Hal and Oliver, and Hal and Barry (to some degree Barry and Ollie), is just as classic.
But back onto specifically David Ramsey’s John Diggle. Many people seem to think that John Diggle will at some time make the transition to John Stewart…The only support they can seem to give is “His name is John, it would be cool, it adds to the character, he is black, and he has a military background”.
|A fan rendition in the micro hero style of the "evolution" for his (the creators) made up comic universe/team which features a blend between many characters DC and Marvel|
Although some people think a simple "His dad left (a Mr.Stewart) and he took his mom's last name, Diggle" could work... , I would like to begin by posing the question of… “What does this add to Diggles character?”…Nothing…it adds nothing to DIGGLES character, if anything it wipes everything we ever learned about Diggle off of the table, Diggle having a family at all seems to be a huge deviation from source material, bigger then anything Arrow has ever done (if he is John Stewart)...hell Diggle's entire character is a huge deviation from John Stewart source material. Any excess backstory that doesn’t line up with John Stewart would become pointless, and to say they wouldn’t is wrong…because only comic fans who know John Stewart want Diggle to become a form of John Stewart, and so, they would also be the ones to notice inconsistency in Diggles backstory…and anything that was added to bring depth to the character of DIGGLE…would also become quite useless as they would start to bring in more new elements to make his character somewhat resemble John Stewart.
Secondly, I would like to touch on his the emphasis on calling him “Diggle” or “Digg”… they are clearly trying to make you forget his name is John…although so far in Season 3 they have used "John" a little bit more. But, the push for the "Diggle" and "Digg" nickname would seem to imply they are attempting to get rid of commonality in the backstory. But fear not! This is not a clever ploy to trick you…they are giving John Diggle his own “superhero” name…he is “Diggle/Digg”…therefore establishing him as his own man. Surprisingly, there are people that suggest "Diggle" is just a nickname, but this is easily disproven considering....(see photo below).
|Never met two siblings with the same nickname...people could say that it was Andy's nickname, and John adopted it after he died...but it seems pretty clear his last name is Diggle AND it has been for awhile if not his entire life.|
Another "belief" that I see is that people claim he if he ISN'T John Stewart, it would still be cool to make him a GL (seeing as other people who aren't permanent GL's become them all the time, Superman, Batman etc...)...to this point I again raise the question and answer of what does that do to Diggle's character...and the answer is the same as above...it does next to nothing for his character...people say it would be "cool" for Diggle to become a GL and that is used as a backing point...but in my opinion it would be cool for Felicity to become Stephanie Brown...(not really)...but she is blonde...and smart...and knows a crimefighter...does that mean its going to happen? No.. not it doesn't.
|I'm sure this has been teased to.....|
Yet another point that people try to make is that "It has been something that has been discussed amongst David Ramsey and the producers because at Comic-Con 2014,when asked about where we can expect his character to go, he said John Stewart has come up a few times." Obviously it has come up! For the exact same reasons as Stephen Amell responding the way he did when asked about Diggle being Green Lantern, he said, “I mean it looks good. And if we know anything about television shows, if it looks good, it has a much better chance of happening.” But they know it makes absolutely no sense to change Diggle into a Green Lantern because it would DESTROY Diggle's character, and close a HUGE comic relationship that could have been. There is absolutely nothing gained and everything lost with Diggle.
There are also fans that cite the fact that he is now a comic book character, and that is reason enough (or added reason to support this theory) but it actually goes against it... now Diggle and John Stewart and 2 completely different characters in the DCnU...not the same character.
|New 52 John Diggle (left) and John Stewart (right)|
This is an argument I could go on and on about...so any counterpoints made will most likely be countered and added to the editorial.