Raise your hand if you, like all other die-hard Teen Wolf fans, were shocked and saddened at the news that Colton Haynes was leaving the show? Raise the other hand if you are now happier than a pig in, well, you know, after hearing this news that he landed a gig on THE biggest thing to hit the CW since the CW itself hit the airwaves! ARROW! TV Guide Magazine learned exclusively that Haynes is set to join Arrow as none other than Roy Harper. To give you an idea of how important of a role this is, check out this synopsis of Roy Harper via Wikipedia:
Roy Harper is a fictionalsuperhero in the DC ComicsUniverse. He was known for over fifty years as Green Arrow‘s teenage sidekick Speedy. He first appeared alongside his mentor in More Fun Comics #73 (November 1941). The modern-day version, an early member of the Teen Titans, later assumed the identity of Arsenal and became a member of the Justice League of America under the guise of Red Arrow. After being maimed by supervillain Prometheus and the death of his daughter, Harper left the League and becomes Arsenal once more.
While the show certainly isn’t sticking like glue to the lore of Green Arrow, it would be hard to look past over 70 years of sidekick asskicking, wouldn’t it? According to the TV Guide article, the idea is Harper will cross paths with and provide a love interest for Willa Holland’s Thea (coincidentally also nicknamed Speedy…I don’t even want to think about the possibilities of their love life!) and then is “destined to become a significant part of her life and an important player in the larger world of Arrow.”
We’ll tastefully ignore the parts of Roy Harper’s later years that indicate he got addicted to heroin, had a child by someone other than Thea, blah blah blah, and assume that his relationship with our Oliver Queen sets him on the path to righteousness. It’s our world, after all!
Colton Haynes certainly has the acting skills to take on a role with many sides, as the the snarky, mean, sometimes kind and always emotional Jackson on Teen Wolf. Even when he was playing the bad boy, there was something in his performance that made the audience yearn for him to make it back to the good side. It will be great to see him in action again, and bringing another gorgeous face to the canvas of Arrow is icing on the cake.