Helena Bertinelli

When Green Arrow comes to the CW this fall he won’t be alone. There’s been a whole slew of DC characters announced to make appearances from Merlyn to Deadshot to China White and Huntress. I’m especially excited to see those last two ladies, because, well they’re lady superheroes. All right, one’s a villain, but still, lady comic book characters appearing in another medium! And there’s more than one, unlike the lovely but token Black Widow of The Avengers. What can I say, I take comfort in little victories like these. Here’s hoping Arrow‘s Laurel Lance gets a pair of fishnets soon.

Playing tough chick, mobster butt-kickin’ Helena Bertinelli, a.k.a. The Huntress, is Jessica de Gouw who recently shared with KsiteTV what it’s like playing both the secret identity and the superhero,

I play Helena, but I’m also The Huntress, so I have to be able to hold my own. The duality of the role, it’s challenging. I have to be able to kick butt and all of that, and I’m quite feminine in my normal every day [life]… the fighting and all of that is new and interesting for me, but it’s a good thing. I’m really enjoying it. I’ve kind of been thrust into it, so I might as well just jump in, right?” she says. Jessica teases that the Huntress is introduced into Arrow “with a punch.” “She comes in strong.”

I love that they’re playing up what a fighter Helena is but at the same time she’s quite the woman, just as comfortable in pair of heels as she is wielding a crossbow. Read the whole interview here.

Gouw hasn’t shared any details about her Huntress costume other than hinting there will be some of the iconic purples featured. China White (Kelly Hu) on the other hand, of her we’ve got our first look,

All right, so they’ve gone for the more traditional black catsuit look, but I like that they kept the bleached, white hair. She’s not called China WHITE for nothing.

What are your thoughts on Arrow and the DC characters they’re incorporating? Are you excited for the show?

Arrow airs on the CW October 1oth.

Sources: The Mary Sue, CBM

Rejoice Helena Bertinelli fans! Your Huntress lives on in the the CW‘s upcoming series based on the Emerald Archer, Arrow. Entertainment Weekly is reporting Jessica De Gouw will don the persona of The Huntress in a multi-episode arc this season. Huntress has been re imagined a few times in DC Comics, with the current incarnation being Helena Wayne from Earth-2. As far as we know Helena Bertinelli, note no obvious relation to Batman here, is M.I.A. in the New 52 and is most likely non-existent. So this news is surely going to delight many of Bertinelli’s fans.

Here’s how Huntress is described for Arrow,

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.

Really, they’re calling him, “the Arrow”? Every time I get excited for this series they have to go and throw in something ridiculous like that. And of course she’s a potential love interest for Ollie, who isn’t?

Arrow premieres October 10th at 8 PM on the CW, will you be watching? How about after the news Bertinelli will be seen kicking mobsters butts? Ooh, I hope she’ll have her crossbow!

Source: Coming Soon