‘Arrow’ Actress Talks Relationship Between Huntress & The Emerald Archer

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Last year, when CW announced that they intended to develop a TV series around DC hero Green Arrow, television fans and industry insiders alike balked at the idea – especially when it was revealed that the show would not be tied to the network’s prior superhero effort, Smallville. However, thanks to a gritty tone and intriguing performance from Stephen Amell as the Emerald Archer, Arrow has become one of the most talked-about fall debuts and a long list of DC comic book cameos scheduled for the near-future should keep the show’s momentum going.

Ever since the premiere struck ratings gold, the cast has, understandably, been doing a lot of interviews – and, subsequently, revealing interesting new Arrow details. The latest update comes from actress Jessica De Gouw, who is set to debut in episode six of the series, as fan-favorite anti-heroine, Huntress.

De Gouw’s first Arrow appearance will be November 14th in the episode, “Legacies.” While CW has yet to reveal an official synopsis for “Legacies,” as we’ve previously reported, Huntress is expected to cross paths with Green Arrow when the lady-archer goes after a Starling City mob boss following the murder of her family.

The actress recently spoke with the Australian outlet, Perth Now, about her role on the show – and how her character mirrors Green Arrow’s journey to vigilante activity:

She’s kind of like the female version of Arrow in that they’re vigilantes with a vendetta to see through, but then they come up against each other because he thinks that she is ruled by emotion and revenge.

Based on her description of the upcoming encounter, it’s easy to assume that Huntress will show Green Arrow an even darker side of being vigilante – causing the hero to do a bit of internal reflection about where he draws the line between vengeance and cold blooded murder. It’s a lesson he’ll need to learn – especially when he comes face-to-face with heavy-hitters like Deathstroke the Terminator.

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De Gouw also commented on that “darker” approach to superheroes that has helped Arrow attract non-comic book fans in addition to the expected Smallville crowd.

“People love their comic books [...] It has already got such a support and a strong foundation and you know people are going to watch it [...] This is more dark and gritty and is kind of more along the lines of Christopher Nolan’s Batman.”

The soon-to-be-Huntress certainly isn’t the first cast member to throw around “Christopher Nolan’s Batman” comparisons – as the phrasing has become a pretty standard selling point in Hollywood for non-Marvel superhero properties (including Arrow). However, unlike some projects that might use the line to hype up support for a lesser-known, or downright underwhelming comic book adaptation, Arrow really does draw a lot of comparisons to Nolan’s Batman trilogy, since they are both essentially crime dramas with larger-than-life hero protagonists (and antagonists).

We’ll have to wait and see whether that formula will work out for Arrow in the long run, since the show’s procedural format could get repetitive over multiple seasons. That said, for now, we’re definitely excited to see the CW flesh-out Starling City and it’s “darker” comic book inhabitants.


Follow me on Twitter @benkendrick for future updates on Arrow, as well as movie, TV, and gaming news.

Arrow airs Wednesdays @8pm on The CW.

Source: Perth Now [via CBM]

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  1. I think the show is a little too much like Nolan’s Batman films, for reasons that Screenrant has already pointed out. It’s also occasionally cheesy with the action and dialouge.

    That said, I am enjoying it and I look forward to the episode in 50 minutes!

    • oh man i totally forgot arrow airs soon! thank you!

      • you’re 3 episodes late, better catch up.

  2. I was skeptical when it was announced but I have have been impressed so far…

  3. This show is okay, the fact that its set in a realistic setting sucks, but that won’t stop me from watching this.

  4. Okay, there are only so few times before the term “along the lines of Christopher Nolan’s Batman” becoming stale. As much as some of us love Christopher Nolan’s Batman movies, throwing those words around carelessly (especially when the final product isn’t up to par) bound to induce cringes, and as a result, Christopher Nolan’s Batman movies lost their magic and the term itself lost any credibility it has. Move on, people…

    • I agree, I don’t find this show along the lines of nolans batman. its like when new sci fi movies are along the line if star wars. 1. Its not as good 2. Just cause the tone is similar doesn’t mean they are the same. there is only so many tones.

  5. Awesome. So we get a show that is basically Batman but Green and featuring Hawkeye but as a girl! CW don’t you go changing! Your originality is uncanny!

    • Yes, Luke. CW invented these characters, DC had nothing to do with it.

      • Yes, Donald, I know. But the CW is producing the show and choosing to have these copycat characters.

        • Hardly. Oliver Queen isn’t Bruce Wayne, Green Arrow isn’t Batman. Aside from them both being vigilantes and billionaires, they’re two very different people.

          • Well obviously they are different people. My point, that seems to go amiss every time, is that Arrow feels so much like Nolan’s batman trilogy that it’s not original enough to stand out. The show doesn’t feel unique or fun whatsoever. So adding a girl Hawkeye doesn’t seem like a great choice. The character was unique and fun in Smallville, here he’s just…bit boring and ‘we’ve seen this all before.’

  6. can someone tell me Huntress origin, I thought she was suppose to be Batman’s and Cat Woman’s daughter.

    • There are two versions. In Earth-2 she is te daughter of Bruce & Selina.

      In regular continuity she is Helena Rosa Bertinelli, daughter of a murder crime boss and has been on a bloody quest of revenge.

  7. Good so far!

  8. Was not a fan of tonight’s episode, which was IHMO horrible. The character arcs continues to be great as we explore the cast and their motives/background but the “Lone Gunman” as an episodic plot was just terrible. Deadshot was boring, the poison was cliché and the island flashback was horribly intercut and pointless. Really disappointed.


    Ollie revealing his identity to Digs was cool however. Looking forward to see how that plays out.


  9. Anyone else notice how similar Huntresses costume is so similar to Hawkeyes? Or is it the other way around? Just saying. Arrow is a great show.

  10. I just want to know if she will be wearing the purple,black and white trimed suit like in the comics.

  11. good ep tonite still think dead shot from smallville was cooler then in arrow and did not expect that ending!!

  12. This is actually Helena Wayne displayed here and not Helena Bertinelli! Do your character research Screenrant when you choose your comic book frames. These are two different women.

    Arrow is an atrocity. Its absolute b*******. I zoned out after the ropey dialogue 10 minutes in to the pilot. I will not be watching again

  13. Arrow is an excellent show. Great writing, great action, and an excellent cast lead by Stephan Amell. I am more pleased with each episode. The group over at the CW has done a great job putting this together. It’s clearly a hit with fans and critics alike, they just need to keep going, doing what they’re doing. Great episode last night, very cool twist at the end. I can’t wait until next weeks show! Well done CW, keep up the good work!