‘Arrow’ Casts Aussie Actress as The Huntress; New Promo Art

Published 3 years ago by , Updated August 22nd, 2012 at 8:30 am,

Jessica De Gouw cast as The Huntress on Arrow Arrow Casts Aussie Actress as The Huntress; New Promo Art

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:


ARROW promotional image Arrow Casts Aussie Actress as The Huntress; New Promo Art

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.

Source: EW

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  1. Wow! CW is buffing out Arrow! I can’t wait!

  2. As much as I think this is awesome news as I like the character, I just hope they don’t go overboard with introducing so many DC elements at once that the focus of the first season loses sight of the character Arrow himself.

  3. I thought The Huntress was Creole or of mixed Latin descent. No love for the Women of Color in CBM’s and Hollywood.

    • WHERE did you get that? Huntress is a white, blue-eyed brunette woman of Italian descent…about as “non-person-of-color” as a non-blond can get. Who are YOU thinking of?

      • rofl

  4. love how their introducing all these characters. arrow is gonna be pretty sick

  5. Wow.. Huntress? Does this not CONFIRM The question will be here?

  6. Also John Barrowman is perfect for question

    Because the question is mysterious and a well dressed man.

    • I still think that Misha Collins would make an awesome Question.

  7. This show is shaping up quite nice. Its been a long time since we had a good DC live action show on the air.

    • its only been a year since smallville ended lol

  8. Looking forward to this show I’m not the biggest DC guy but it’s good to know that they’re stepping it up a notch and improving on their movies and tv shows. I’m looking forward to this show I hope it does some good for the DC universe in film.

  9. Well, the other week there was talk of Batman appearing on Arrow. This way they have a Bat presence until the show is strong enough to bring on the Dark Knight with out him over shadowing the show. But, so far I am loving the DC lineup on Arrow. Keep it coming, as long as they don’t make it look silly (Smallville’s Hawkman).

    • I hope they don’t bring in Batman too much since the show is about green arrow. They should at least have batman references since Queen is inspired by him.

  10. Just got to see the extended trailer. I must say this show is shaping up nicely. Pity I’ll only be able to watch the bootleg versions. It takes a year or so to watch these kinds of shows on DSTV here in Kampala if at all.

  11. The version of Huntress from the Birds of Prey episode was Helena Kyle, daughter of Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle. She was also a metahuman. Sounds like Arrow is going with the “better” version of Huntress. Given Katie Cassidy is playing Black Canary (not the Black Carney, as the article calls her) in the pilot, sounds like it could make for a potential spin-off at some point. Not sure if she’ll be a recurring character or not?

    Seeing The Question would be fun, or Oracle. I agree, though, that the show is shaping up nicely.

  12. There giving us China White,Deadshot maybe Deathstroke and now the Huntress. WOW I can only wonder who will show up next.


  14. Sunds promising, although I don’t know why they have changed small details such as Star City now being called ‘Starling City’…

  15. very excited for this project, hopefully it turns out to be the real deal

  16. Why not just call the show DCU instead of Arrow? I’m all for guesting other heroes from time to time but it seems that this show may be making a huge mistake with over-saturating the series with every hero / villain they can get their hand on in the first season and they haven’t even finished their episode order for season one yet.

    But seriously, with DCU it can be a not-so-witty double entendre by serving as a university reference that reflects the CW’s intended Female 13-25 demographic and for “DC Universe,” which seems to be more appropriate given that it seems we hear more about this / that hero is appearing or may / may not appear than about we do anything about Ollie.

  17. im actually pretty down for this show. Looks cool and i was a fan of smallville so i will prolly like this :)

  18. I really hope they can introduce The Question as Huntress’ love interest and Oliver Queen can get back to being with Dinah..

  19. Jessica De Gouw is an attractive sort who can act from what little I’ve seen her in, but isn’t she a bit to mousey to be portraying such a badass as the Huntress? Nobody is saying she has to be a mirror image, at least I’m not, but De Gouw just doesn’t exude “tough as nails” to me.