Arrow’s David Ramsey Is Returning As The Arrowverse's John Diggle, And There's Hope For Green Lantern Fans

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The Arrowverse hasn’t seen the last of John Diggle just yet. While Arrow wrapped its eight-season run in January, the series finale hinted that Diggle’s adventures after leaving Star City were only just getting started. Now, it’s been confirmed that David Ramsey will reprise his role as Diggle in 2021, and will return to direct several episodes throughout the Arrowverse as well.

David Ramsey will return to the Arrowverse next year. As Diggle, the actor is set to appear in five episodes across Superman & Lois, The Flash, Batwoman, and Legends of Tomorrow. Per Deadline, Ramsey is also directing a total of five episodes in the shared universe, including an episode of Superman & Lois and Supergirl, respectively. The actor is no stranger to playing Diggle or directing for The CW, having helmed two episodes of Arrow before the show ended. In a statement, Ramsey shared his excitement about his return to the Arrowverse. Here’s what he said:

I remain in awe of the imprint these shows have had on television and I’ve been blessed for the better part of a decade to be a part of them both in front of and behind the camera. To say I’m excited beyond belief to return to the Berlantiverse would be an understatement. I can’t wait to continue telling these stories.

While Diggle’s comeback is quite exciting, his role in Legends of Tomorrow is perhaps the most noteworthy. Yes, David Ramsey will be playing Diggle, but he’s reportedly taking on another kind of role for the time-traveling superhero series that is (for now) completely shrouded in mystery. Does that mean there’s hope that Diggle will finally become Green Lantern? Honestly, the fact that the role is being kept a secret does hint at that possibility.

The last viewers saw of Diggle, he and his family were moving to Metropolis to start a new chapter of their lives. However, Diggle stopped to pick up an object that seemingly fell to Earth from space. When he opened it, a green light began to glow. The scene suggested that Diggle was about to embark on his next adventure as Green Lantern. Both Arrow executive producer Marc Guggenheim and David Ramsey have teased Diggle’s transformation into Green Lantern. However, they have never outright confirmed that it would ever actually happen in the Arrowverse.

My theory is that Diggle will be revealed as Green Lantern on Legends of Tomorrow before joining the HBO Max series that will feature several iterations of the superhero. Conversely, it’s possible that Ramsey is simply playing an older version of Diggle. Legends of Tomorrow is, after all, a time travel show and we’ve already seen the Waverider crew meet an older (and alternate) version of Oliver Queen.

It’s unclear which episodes Diggle will appear in just yet, but stay tuned to CinemaBlend for updates. Currently, Batwoman is scheduled to return on January 17, 2021. Meanwhile, The Flash and Superman & Lois will premiere on February 23, 2021. Supergirl and Legends of Tomorrow do not yet have premiere dates.

For more on what to watch in the coming months, be sure to check out our fall TV guide and our 2021 winter and spring premiere schedule.

Mae Abdulbaki