According to Green Arrow TV, Arrow co-star David Ramsey told TV Guide Magazine he’s heard some of the fan criticism regarding his costume in the upcoming season. “I know there’s a lot of criticism that it looks like the Magneto helmet,” said the actor. “But by the time you see Diggle in action – we also get into what the helmet can do – you won’t be thinking of the X-Men at all.”
“There is a very cool gun too. The gun and the helmet, by the way, are S.T.A.R. Labs creations,” he added. I suppose that means he’s getting extra gear from Cisco?
The resemblance to Magneto is easy to see, but I also thought it looked a like Harbinger’s helmet, which makes a little bit of sense as Diggle’s wife is Lyla Michaels — the civilian identity of the Crisis on Infinite Earths character. Lyla even uses “Habrginer” as her callsign on Arrow.
As for the costume in action? It’s entirely possible it will look better on screen. I remember thinking the Flash costumes looked terrible until the pilot aired and haven’t worried about the costume since.
Arrow returns next Wednesday on October 7th.