Warning: This story contains major spoilers from Thursday’s episode of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow. Read at your own risk!
The new Green Arrow was unmasked during Thursday’s episode of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow — but it probably wasn’t who you were expecting.
The Emerald Archer who unceremoniously greeted the Legends upon their arrival in Star City 2046 was Connor Hawke (Joseph David-Jones), who is actually — surprise, surprise — the son of John Diggle (David Ramsey), not the son of Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) as portrayed in the comics.
“We know on Arrow that Oliver already has a son, William, who is not Connor Hawke,” executive producer Marc Guggenheim tells EW. “It just felt a little duplicative in light of the fact that this season we’re doing a storyline about Oliver having a son. It felt like, ‘Oliver’s got a son on Arrow! He’s got another son on Legends!’ As we were talking about it, quite frankly I forget who pitched the idea of, ‘Wouldn’t it be fun if this was Diggle’s son?’ but it seemed organic, especially since we took the idea of Oliver as the dad off the table.” And in case you’re wondering, that was this version of the Green Arrow who popped up in the speed cannon on The Flash.
In this version of the future, Star City has become a wasteland after Deathstroke’s son, Grant Wilson (Jamie Andrew Cutler), leads an army into a rebellion that destroys the city. During the Uprising, that’s when John Diggle is killed and Oliver Queen presumably dies. “The city’s broken and my father’s gone and I’m trying to be the hero that I thought Oliver Queen was, because he’s no longer there and he was the last symbol of hope that the city had,” Jones says. Below, the actor gives insight into Connor’s motivations, as well as whether we’ll see him again in, ahem, the future:
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Has everything that Connor Hawke has done been driven by losing his dad?
JOSEPH DAVID-JONES: It is. The reason he doesn’t take Diggle as his name — his name is John Diggle Jr. — is because he feels regret about not being strong enough to save his father. He doesn’t even deserve to have his father’s name, because he was too weak to protect him or help him during this Uprising. He takes the name Connor Hawke until he can live up to his father’s name and become strong enough to defend the city and be the hero that the Green Arrow was.
Did he have any kind of relationship with Diggle before his death?
Yeah, up until the death. It doesn’t come up in the episode at what point in time he was killed, but the writers told me he grew up with his father — he loves his father. His father was taken when he was a teenager. Connor was definitely there and able to remember his father and all the values his father taught him.
Do you think getting to cross paths with people who knew his father brings out a more vulnerable side to Connor?
I think it happens briefly when he sees that Oliver Queen is still out there. He knows who Oliver Queen is and knows who the Green Arrow is in this universe. He knows that he was close to his father. We do see a lighter side of him toward the end when the conflict is resolved. He looks up to Oliver Queen, because he knows that his father loved this man. We see a lot of that at the end of this. In the beginning, he is kind of hiding the fact that he’s John Diggle’s son. He doesn’t want these people to know because it’s a moment of shame that he let his father die. No one knows until Oliver comes and reveals it.
Legends of Tomorrow plans to cycle in different heroes on the team. Is there a possibility we could see Connor Hawke as part of the team at any point?
I think there is a strong possibility. I’m talking to the writers about what they plan on doing as far as bringing me back as potentially a series regular or recurring for the show. Nothing has been decided. It’s all so up in the air, but I know they do plan on cycling different heroes onto the ship, so we’ll have to see. I hope this isn’t the last time we’ll see Connor Hawke.
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.