The last time that DC Comics' heroine, the Huntress appeared in live action on TV, she was portrayed by Ashley Scott during the short lived "Birds of Prey" series on The WB. But this fall, the Huntress will be back on the CW.
Entertainment Weekly broke the news that "Arrow" — the upcoming adaptation of DC's Green Arrow — will feature the Huntress for a multi-episode arc beginning with the sixth episode. Stepping into the role will be actress Jessica De Gouw (pictured above), who is primarily known for her roles on the Australian TV series "Underbelly," "Crownies" and "The Sleepover Club."
Although the Huntress was first introduced by DC in 1947, the incarnation of the character most familiar to fans made her debut in 1977 as Helena Wayne, the daughter of Batman and Catwoman on the alternate world known as Earth 2. Years later, Huntress was reconceived for the main DC Comics line as Helena Bertinelli, the daughter of a murdered mobster who is inspired by Batman to create her own costumed persona while seeking vengeance for her family.
From the brief description in the EW report, it sounds like "Arrow" will base the Huntress on her third incarnation as opposed to the daughter of Batman and Catwoman.
"Helena Bertinelli… She’s the daughter of a mafia boss who vows revenge after her family is murdered. Helena is a potential love interest for Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell); 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.”
In the original DC comics, the Huntress was never romantically paired with Green Arrow, who was instead more often linked to Dinah Lance/Black Canary; a character portrayed as Laurel Lance in "Arrow" by actress Katie Cassidy.
The CW will debut "Arrow" on Wednesday, October 10.