Just when you thought the Arrowverse may be drawing to a close, they put a new show in development. ‘Justice U’ would see David Ramsey return to the role of John Diggle as he trains up a new group of young heroes.
After years of fighting alongside the Green Arrow and working for A.R.G.U.S., Diggle embarks on a new mission to recruit five young metahumans to live undercover as freshmen at a prestigious university. There he will oversee their education and train them to become the heroes of tomorrow.
Along with popping up in ‘Supergirl’, ‘The Flash’, ‘Legends’, ‘Batwoman’ and ‘Superman & Lois’ over the last 12 months, David Ramsey also signed a directing deal with Berlanti Productions to step behind the camera on multiple series. Assuming ‘Justice U’ does get picked up to pilot, he would also direct that too.
When we left Diggle at the end of ‘Arrow’ he’d found a Green Lantern ring (or it was strongly implied that’s what it was!) However, throughout his appearances on the other Arrowverse shows, he makes multiple hints towards him avoiding taking on the role of a GL Corps member, proclaiming he was “done with that life” in his last appearance. Whether this new job is another delaying tactic, or we’ll finally see him suit up (or “ring up”), remains to be seen…
As far as I can tell, ‘Justice U’ appears to be an original creation for The CW, not based on any specific DC comic. Although, I rather suspect we will know some of the characters that pop up along the way. There’s potential for them to use some of the younger characters we’ve already seen, such as Bart and Nora from ‘The Flash’, and introduce some more of the teen DC heroes from the comics. No further cast or characters were mentioned in the reports though, so we’ll have to wait and see.
The potential new series comes from Michael Narducci and Zoanne Clack. Narducci is currently serving as writer and co-exec producer on ‘Superman & Lois’, and previously wrote and EPed on shows such as ‘The Originals’, ‘The Vampire Diaries’ and ‘The Crossing’. Clack is currently a writer/EP on ‘Grey’s Anatomy’. The drama is produced, of course, by Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television. Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, David Madden and Geoff Johns exec produce alongside Narducci and Clack.
‘Justice U’ is only classed as “in development” right now, so might not even make it to a pilot. We’ll let you know if and when we hear more.