Roy Harper


After last week’s Arrow review was published I was genuinely surprised by the response. Most out there on the interwebz loved last week’s episode, where I was less impressed. My biggest problem was its complete reversal of the recent developments about Brother Blood, basically halting any progress The Arrow (Stephen Amell) made into that investigation. Blood doesn’t appear in “Tremors“, confirming my concern over any recent payoff on that front.

Yet unlike last week’s tiresome episode, I found “Tremors” to be more enjoyable–shocking, I know, considering how much it focused on angry, angsty Roy (Colton Haynes). (more…)

The CW has a bonafide hit on their hands with Arrow. Comic book fans and non-fans alike seem to be loving it. I think they’ve done a great job at blending the history of the DC character Green Arrow with their younger, more modern, and dare I say grittier Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell). And with this casting announcement from TV Guide, there about to do it again.

Colton Haynes, best known for MTV’s Teen Wolf, has been cast as Roy Harper, a character long associated with Green Arrow and one who should be instantly recognizable to fanboys and girls. Harper is GA’s first sidekick, Speedy, who famously struggled with a heroin addiction before evolving – yup, like a Pokemon – into the teen hero Arsenal, eventually joining the Justice League as Red Arrow. And losing his arm, losing his daughter, and going completely bonkers and revisiting his heroin addition.

Of course, that was before the New 52, so I’ve got no clue what Roy Harper’s up to these days. But in the Arrow-verse this Harper is described as, “a handsome, street-savvy, teenager from ‘the Glades,’ the harsh, poverty-stricken portion of Starling City.” It’s also mentioned he’ll be a recurring love interest for Willa Holland‘s Thea, Ollie’s sister, who is oh-so-coincidentally nicknamed “Speedy.” Apparently they’ll meet, “in an unexpected way,” and Roy is “destined to become a significant part of her life and an important player in the larger world of Arrow.” Hmm, okay.

All of this sounds awesome, unless it means we see Roy in a costume before Thea. They’ve been dropping major hints all season Thea could one day assist her brother in his crusade, I’ll be pissed if it’s her boyfriend instead.

What do you think about this new addition to the Arrow family?