This is huge news here Arrow fans, it looks like the show has found it’s Roy Harper and he’s being played by none other then MTV’s Teen Wolf actor Colton Haynes. For those that are not in the know, Roy Harper is Green Arrow’s sidekick in the comics, Speedy, though he also gone by other names such as Red Arrow and Arsenal.
TV Guide online broke the story today and gave us a small look into how Harper will play in the Arrow universe. According the report, Roy Harper will be a love interest for Oliver Queen’s sister, Thea, who coincidentally also goes by the nickname Speedy. CW is saying that Harper will be “a handsome, street-savvy, teenager from ‘The Glades’ the harsh, poverty-stricken portion of Starling City.” They are also saying that he will meet Thea “in an unexpected way” and is “destined to become a significant part of her life and an important player in the larger world of Arrow. The role is said to be recurring with Roy Harper making his debut sometime in 2013.
It looks like we were all wrong in assuming that Thea would become the Arrow sidekick, but I’m wondering how this will affect his partnership with Diggle. If you’ll remember Diggle wasn’t so keen on bringing Helena into the secret fold, mainly because she was a killer, but if this Roy Harper does eventually become Arrow’s sidekick, where would Diggle fit in? Maybe as some sort of Oracle character, coordinating tactical support for the heroes? Also will this Roy Harper be a junkie and eventually lose an arm as he did in the comics? I’m also wondering about his codename as it seems Speedy is already taken and Red Arrow would sound kind of strange given that Oliver isn’t “Green Arrow” on the show, though he seemingly isn’t “Arrow” either. I’m also hoping that we get treated to more of the darker aspects of the character, something that Young Justice did with much success. Stay tuned Arrow-philes, if more news is released on this subject; you know The Nerd will fill you in.
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