Letters from Fangirlish: We Need More Lyla Michaels in ‘Arrow’ Season 4

My Dearest Arrow Producers,

As season four gets closer to reality with each passing day, so does my excitement for the plethora of storylines that we’ve been promised, from Oliver and Felicity working together as a couple to Diggle’s personal involvement with H.I.V.E. to the big bad Damien Darhk who already has us chilled to the bone (and all we’ve seen is a couple photos of him on set).

I’ve made it no secret to hide my annoyance about a couple of things from last season, including the hyping up of other “heroes” while sidelining those who earned the right to shine in the spotlight. And I don’t necessarily disagree with letting minor characters get a focus in an episode or two, if the story calls for it.

While there were characters that were overused, there were characters that were underutilized last season, namely one Lyla Michaels. While she played a role in Diggle’s personal life storyline, the one Suicide Squad episode, as well as an integral role in the Arrow half of the two-night Arrow and Flash crossover event, for the most part she was background noise in a season that seemed heavily focused on costumes.

One of the things that I’m asking for, no begging for is more Lyla in season four. In a comic book world where heroes range from those behind masks to those hiding behind nothing but their own skin, Lyla is one of the minor characters that deserves to get her chance to shine.

Since her introduction on the show, Lyla has been the perfect example of a character that is a non-costumed hero who has, at times, struggled with some of the tough and wrong decisions she’s made. She’s not perfect and has never claimed to be, and that’s refreshing to see in a character. Plus, she can kick just as much ass as any member on Team Arrow that is trained in combat.

The one frustrating aspect of this is that there is a ton of potential for Lyla regarding A.R.G.U.S., and that organization has a direct connection to Team Arrow through Diggle, who has seen his share of work with A.R.G.U.S. with the Suicide Squad. We got a glimpse of what could be in “The Brave and the Bold” in regards to the Team Arrow-A.R.G.U.S. connection, and quite frankly there’s so much story there to be told.

It literally feels like you’re just tapping the surface when it comes to Lyla on the occasions that she gets to shine, and it’s frustrating to gets glimpses of that potential only to have it ripped away from us or put on the back burner while other characters — that were brought aboard to head to another show — are serviced.

Look, I’m not expecting Lyla to suddenly go from a minor to major character, but I am hoping that her role on the show becomes greater and that is shows in her story arc. Don’t forget that you have an incredible character and actress at your disposal with some great stories to tell.

One of the things that has us optimistic is that David Ramsey told us at Comic-Con that Lyla will be “more involved” this season with the ongoing developments with A.R.G.U.S. And with the introduction of Damien Darhk as the terrifying big bad and his connections with H.I.V.E., we’re hoping that this means that A.R.G.U.S. and Lyla will get a chance to step up this season.

While it’s always exciting when Arrow brings aboard new recognizable faces from comic lore, it’s important that the show not forget about the faces that are already a huge part of this world, especially when one of those faces connects the audience to the real-world aspect of the show where not all heroes wear masks or costumes or get the recognition they deserve.

Best Regards,

Alyssa from Fangirlish



Alyssa Barbieri

Co-Executive Editor

Teacher by day, writer by every other free moment | Obsessed with sports, TV, books, movies, and superheroes | Proud shipper and supporter of strong female characters | Co-executive Editor for Fangirlish | Contributor for Bears Wire at USA Today SMG | Producer/Co-Host of Buffone 55 for Bears Barroom Radio Network | Contact: alyssa@fangirlish.com.