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Has it been confirmed either way if the character John Diggle's surname is a reference to Andy Diggle who wrote the Green Arrow Year One mini series?

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In the newest episode season 1 episode 16 "Dead to Rights" It was flat out stated that Deadshot killed John Diggle's brother. – Parry Mar 2 '13 at 4:44
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Most likely yes. In fact they make reference to Andy Diggle at least once. They refer to John Diggle's deceased brother twice in episode three. Once in a conversation between John and his sister-in-law where they do not actually mention his brother's name, and once while Deadshot is tattooing himself, the name Andrew Diggle is shown tattooed on Deadshot's chest, implying that he may have in fact been the one to kill John's brother.

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In the episode where Oliver convinced John to join his cause he revealed that John's brother was killed by Deadshot. With the tattoo of Andrew Diggle on Deadshot's chest, I think it's safe to say it is a reference.

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In the show, John Diggle's brother is named Andy. Contrary to what the other answers say, Andy's name has been mentioned numerous times by John and even Lawton. Lyla even mentions him by name a couple times, as well as Carly. But to answer your question, yes, John Diggle and his brother's surname is a direct reference to the real life Andy Diggle.

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