Now in its fifth season, Arrow has given us a hero who has faced a seemingly insurmountable number of foes that he battles each week. When Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) first began the mission to save his city, he had a particular list of villains he sought to eliminate. As the seasons have progressed, the Green Arrow has moved beyond that simple list and taken down a lot of bad guys, including Big Bads like Damien Darhk (Neal McDonough).
Though the show has surrounded Oliver with plenty of strong women, including Moira (Susanna Thompson) and Thea Queen (Willa Holland), Sara (Caity Lotz) and Laurel Lance (Katie Cassidy), Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards), Lyla Michaels (Audrey Marie Anderson), and Evelyn Sharp (Madison McLaughlin), the bad guys tend to be just that -- guys. Despite villains like China White (Kelly Hu) and Cupid (Amy Gumenick), and women who've played both ally and foe like Amanda Waller (Cynthia Addai-Robinson) and Nyssa al Ghul (Katrina Law), Arrow hasn't full embraced the idea of a female adversary.
That could soon change, however. As executive producer Wendy Mericle recently explained to CBR, there's no shortage of source material for a woman with criminal intent.
"I’d really like to see some strong female super-villains on the show. I don’t know who we would want to get! There’s such an embarrassment of riches in that respect in the DCU, but that’s something I would definitely love to do. I’d like to use someone like, I don’t know, Poison Ivy, a Batman villain who would be amazing. Someone in that vein, but someone in the Green Arrow universe would be fantastic."
Considering a Batman villain like Ra's al Ghul has already played a huge part on Arrow, Mericle conceded that "there's always a chance" that a character like Poison Ivy could appear if it worked well with the story. She also added that showrunners really hoped to bring Huntress back, and would be open to a transition for her from violent vengeance to a place on Team Arrow.
"We would love that! She’s fantastic. But again, it’s always about whether it’s right for the direction or whether it’s right for the story at that point in the series, so we’ll see."
Huntress, aka Helena Bertinelli (Jessica De Gouw) first appeared back in season 1, as a mysterious woman on a mission to kill her mob boss father in retaliation for the murder of her fiance. She and Oliver had some serious chemistry together, and she was an intriguing character who never quite got her due on the show. It could spice things up for Oliver quite a bit if the Huntress returned as a violent temptress teetering on the edge of redemption, something like Elektra in the Marvel/Netflix TV series Daredevil.
For those who would prefer to see Oliver face off against a more ruthless and unambiguously evil female villain, Poison Ivy (who can currently be seen in her early days on Gotham) would be a good choice. Fans of Arrow might also be relieved to finally get a new character that isn't an archer. Let us know in the comments if you're hoping for Huntress, Poison Ivy, or another character in the DC universe.
Arrow continues Wednesday, November 2 with ‘Human Target’ at 8pm on The CW.