The CW is certainly making sure that Oliver Queen’s datebook will be full of familiar DC Comics characters this fall on Arrow - in part by casting Australian actress Jessica De Gouw (Tricky Business) as Helena Bertinelli, A.K.A The Huntress. De Gouw will appear in multi-episode story arc, as another fledgling vigilante and a potential new love interest for Oliver Queen.
The Huntress is expected to drop in around episode six, following the introductions of DC villains China White (Kelly Hu) and Deadshot (Michael Rowe). According to the official character description: “Helena is a potential love interest for Oliver Queen; a fellow vigilante, set on destroying her father’s organized crime empire. But Helena’s blind pursuit of revenge will put her on a collision course with the Arrow. ”
For those failing DC Comics Characters: 101 – Helena Rosa Bertinelli believed she was the daughter of mobster Franco Bertinelli, only to find out she was the daughter of a rival mafia don, Santo Cassamento, who was carrying on an affair with her mother, Maria. At age 8, young Helena witnesses the assassination of her entire family at their home, and from then on, she was set on the path of vengeance. As the crossbow-toting Huntress, Helena became a member of Batman’s crew – even spending a brief time as Batgirl – until he tossed her out of Gotham for being to violent.
The Huntress also spent time on the Gotham City girl group the “Birds of Prey” - alongside Dinah “Laurel” Lance (aka, The Black Canary) and Barbara Gordon (aka Orcale). The WB turned a similar version of the lady superhero team into the Birds of Prey TV series in 2003. It was short-lived.
The CW has also released some new promo art for Arrow, which stars Stephen Amell (Hung) as Oliver Queen – who, after spending years lost on a remote island, returns home as the bow-wielding vigilante known as Arrow. Check out Amell’s air-brushed abs in the new Arrow promo poster:
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The news of De Gouw’s dynamic new role comes fresh of the heels of Torchwood’s John Barrowman being cast as a mysterious character, only known as “Well-Dressed Man” (who many are speculating is DC Comics villain Count Vertigo) and British actor and martial artist Darren Shahlavi, who will play Martial arts prodigy and assassin Constantine Drakon. Both are also expected to have a multiple story arcs as well.
Catch the premiere of Arrow Wednesday, Oct. 10, @ 8pm.