Roy Harper is Coming to Arrow After All!
Awesome bit of casting news has hit TV Guide: actor Colton Haynes has been cast as Roy Harper in the hit TV show Arrow!
Now that is one studly guy. He comes from Mtv’s Teen Wolf show, which I’ve never seen, so I have no idea if he’s a good actor or not. But that hardly matters to me. The CW and Arrow aren’t exactly filled with Oscar winners. But who cares? The show is awesome so far, and this is fantastically awesome news! Clearly somebody at The CW saw my list of DC Comics characters that I want to see in Arrow.
Because if you don’t know, Roy Harper is really Arsenal, the sidekick of Green Arrow! He’s the Robin to Green Arrow’s Batman!
Arsenal started out as Speedy, your typical plucky young sidekick, but he eventually grew up to be a more badass fighter who changed his name to Arsenal. When he then later joined the Justice League, he took on more of the Green Arrow’s mantle by changing his name to Red Arrow. I thought that was pretty awesome, because I love stories where the sidekick grows up and becomes his own hero. Things got a little murky after that, and now he’s back to being Arsenal in the New 52 reboot.
According to the TV Guide article, Roy Harper on Arrow is going to be a street-smart kid who grew up on the wrong side of town. And he’s going to be a love interest for Oliver Queen’s sister, Thea (whose childhood nickname as ‘Speedy’). The producers are keeping their lips sealed about any superheroics for their version of Roy Harper, but I have to hope that he’s going to suit up and be a real sidekick one of these days. Why else have him on the show?
I think Arrow could get a lot of mileage out of a sidekick storyline. They’ve already got the one character, Diggle, aiding Ollie in his vigilante quest. But Diggle isn’t suiting up in costume or firing bows and arrows. Roy Harper could join the crusade as well and be a real sidekick, trained in archery by Ollie. Like how he tried to do with Huntress in the past few episodes. I very much want this to happen. Don’t let me down, Arrow. Don’t break my heart.