ARROW Producer Marc Guggenheim On THE HUNTRESS

ARROW Producer Marc Guggenheim On THE HUNTRESS

Arrow's version of Huntress, played by Dracula's Jessica De Gouw will return in episode 17 of season 2, which is titled, "Birds of Prey". Executive producer Marc Guggenheim discusses what her return entails.

Courtesy of executive producer Marc Guggenheim, we have some interesting tidbits on the return of The Huntress aka Helena Bertinelli, who is played by the lovely Jessica De Gouw on The CW's Arrow. Here's what Guggenheim told Collider:

"It’s been literally a year, in story time, since we’ve seen her. One of the things we told Jessica De Gouw, who plays The Huntress, was that we weren’t interested in treading over old territory with Helena. What we pitched her was the idea that basically Helena Bertinelli is gone. The only thing that remains is The Huntress. It’s been a year of her literally scouring the world to find her father, who was on the run at the end of Episode 17 of last season. We really wanted to show that wear and tear on her. We even aged up her costume a little bit, so you really get the sense that she has been traveling the world and literally has just spent a year killing people to try to get at her dad, and it’s done quite a number on her soul. We get to explore all that, in a really fun episode that also deals with Laurel Lance, in a very big way. One of the things we wanted to do with the episode was give Laurel her groove back, as it were. We have obviously taken Laurel down a very dark path, this year. As we started to see at the end of last week’s episode, she’s going to start turning the corner. And this episode with The Huntress is a very big move in that direction."

Interesting. One, we get to learn just how much time has passed between Helena's departure in season one and her upcoming return. This means that quite a bit has happened in Oliver Queen's (Stephen Amell) life in the last year. Also, the fact that Huntress has traveled across the world for a year opens the door to a myriad of possibilities. Has she traveled to Gotham? Has she encountered The Question (loved that dynamic from the animated Bruce Timm Justice League show) or any other superheroes? Hopefully, we'll see a hint of these elements when S02E17 "Birds of Prey" airs on The CW in three weeks. But first, we have to see what the fallout will be from next new episode, "Suicide Squad". Based on Huntress' actions, it's not entirely out of the question that Bertinelli may find herself among its ranks some day.

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ARROW season one is available on blu-ray and dvd now.

Running Time: 60 min
Release Date: (Season Two) October 9th, 2013
MPAA Rating: Tv-14
Starring: Katie Cassidy, Stephen Amell, David Ramsey, Byron Mann, Colin Donnell, Colin Salmon, Paul Blackthorne, Emily Bett Rickards, John Barrowman, Roger R. Cross and Willa Holland
Creators: Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, Andrew Kreisberg
Characters: George Papp (character) and Mort Weisinger (character)

"After a violent shipwreck, billionaire playboy Oliver Queen was missing and presumed dead for five years before being discovered alive on a remote island in the Pacific. When he returns home to Starling City, his devoted mother Moira, much-beloved sister Thea, and best friend Tommy welcome him home, but they sense Oliver has been changed by his ordeal on the island. While Oliver hides the truth about the man he’s become, he desperately wants to make amends for the actions he took as the boy he was. Most particularly, he seeks reconciliation with his former girlfriend, Laurel Lance. As Oliver reconnects with those closest to him, he secretly creates the persona of Arrow – a vigilante – to right the wrongs of his family, fight the ills of society, and restore Starling City to its former glory. By day, Oliver plays the role of a wealthy, carefree and careless philanderer he used to be – flanked by his devoted chauffeur/bodyguard, John Diggle – while carefully concealing the secret identity he turns to under cover of darkness. However, Laurel’s father, Detective Quentin Lance, is determined to arrest the vigilante operating in his city. Meanwhile, Oliver’s own mother, Moira, knows much more about the deadly shipwreck than she has let on – and is more ruthless than he could ever imagine."
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Doopie - 3/7/2014, 4:48 AM
not sure laurel ever had a groove to be honest. look forward to huntress return tho...will she stick around this time?
AlSimmons - 3/7/2014, 4:49 AM
And I'm GLAD we haven't seen her in a year. I just wanted to punch her in the face every time she was on screen.
DrunkenNukem - 3/7/2014, 4:49 AM

GliderMan - 3/7/2014, 4:50 AM

ComicsBornAndBred - 3/7/2014, 4:52 AM
Jessica De Gouw is gorgeous. Can't wait for Huntress vs. Canary. I'm sensing that eventually, they'll team up and head to Gotham...leave the show, but retu every now and then.
GliderMan - 3/7/2014, 4:53 AM
You guys suck. I love The Huntress. I'm psyched she's returning. Maybe she'll be back for the season finale as well.

Pasto - 3/7/2014, 5:06 AM
I trained her all that she knows.
batmanvsuperman - 3/7/2014, 5:11 AM
I love the huntress and the actor who plays her she is awesome don't hate
DrunkenNukem - 3/7/2014, 5:12 AM

CoulsonLives - 3/7/2014, 5:24 AM
So when does the Question get an episode?
Sumitsjc - 3/7/2014, 5:38 AM
IS Suicide Squad taking down DEATHSTROKE to join them, So Amanda Waller can tell them about their original mission is to go 'Gotham' city. and to catch someone more will fun to hear his name on this SHOW.
MileyAbominationClone - 3/7/2014, 6:00 AM
Sexy! Awesome show! Laurel is HOT!
joniegogo84 - 3/7/2014, 6:00 AM
so they really gonna itroduce the Question? And what is the name drop
gonna be..
JoeMomma29 - 3/7/2014, 6:04 AM
Yes we finally got our Arrow Icon!!!!!!
megabatfan - 3/7/2014, 6:09 AM
Hoping for a proper Birds of Prey tv series now
Doopie - 3/7/2014, 6:21 AM
how is laurel gonna become popular? it would take something major to turn her around
ThePresidentGaming - 3/7/2014, 6:33 AM
Sarah is Black Canary. Laurel cannot take up the name. Black Canary & Green Arrow are the characters in love right? At least the two that end up with each other. Can you imaging Laurel wearing the suit & Oliver banging Laurel like he loves her. NOPE.
GeekyCheekyChic - 3/7/2014, 6:34 AM
Didn't really like this take/incarnation of the Huntress. Hopefully that feeling changes because I would love it if she joined the Arrow Quiver/Cave and helps in the eventual showdown with R'as and the league of Assassins. The animated Huntress was awesome but something about this one just isn't very likable. Canary on the other hand....AWESOME
GeekyCheekyChic - 3/7/2014, 6:37 AM
I re-watched season 1. The show writers never intended for Laurel to ever become Canary- its plain as day in re-watching the episodes. Laurel just isn't the bad ass crime fighter type and it would take a few seasons for her to be the believable heir to the Canary mask. She isn't liked. SHe is a drunken pill popping mess. She isn't very athletic. She needs LOTS of training to be as bad ass as Sarah. Its isn't happening and the seeds aren't even planted anywhere indicating that Laurel will become the Black Canary.
TheRealRemyLebeau - 3/7/2014, 7:06 AM
@TheBaroness89 I agree ;)
Klone - 3/7/2014, 7:15 AM
The girl as Canary is awful at acting and their Huntress seems like a generic Anne Hathaway Catwoman rip off. Don't get me wrong I am FINALLY starting to like the show (not as much as everyone else though) but this is how I honestly feel.
sameoldthing - 3/7/2014, 7:28 AM
I think Jessica is fine in acting & looks..real fine!
The writing needs to be better for her as Huntress.
Seen her in other roles & she's good.
Jer3miah - 3/7/2014, 7:39 AM
I don't like the way they treat Huntress. Her purpose on this show is literally just to kill her father. She's an antihero, yet they treat her like a psychotic little girl with daddy issues. The one thing I don't like from this show aside from them sidelining Diggle.

Other than that, damn-near perfect.
megabatfan - 3/7/2014, 7:43 AM
Except for the fact that the producers have stated that Laurel will in fact become Black Canary & all that is going on with her right now is what is going to build her character into becoming the Dinah Lance Black Canary... That is what was stated. Now with the popularity of Caity Lotz as Black Canary, the question is will that change? The "No tights no flights" rule changed. So did the "No superpowers" rule for Arrow. For me personally, they've written Laurel's characted to be so unlikeable, it will not bother me if she does not become the 2nd Black Canary. If she does, i don't think she should be in a relationship with Ollie. Model her more after the New 52 BC, while Sara is the more pre-New 52 version
megabatfan - 3/7/2014, 7:46 AM
@ Jer3miah
I'm really hoping that the Birds of Prey episode at least ends with the Huntress making a 180 turn from the way in which she is currently & on a path to becoming more of a hero... Maybe close of the episode with her saying she's goin to settle down in Gotham City or somrthing like that
jlabatman - 3/7/2014, 7:50 AM
I just want to see Slade take an arrow in the eye on the island!
OwenWilsonsNose - 3/7/2014, 7:53 AM
So apparently this chick (Cassidy Alexa)is playing Harley Quinn in the March 19th episode.


GUNSMITH - 3/7/2014, 7:55 AM
GUNSMITH - 3/7/2014, 7:56 AM
OwenWilsonsNose - 3/7/2014, 8:03 AM
Here's another image.


Certainly appears to be her.
nibs - 3/7/2014, 8:14 AM
If Harley exists, which could be cool, then Batman would have to exist in Arrow continuity (which, if Nightwing is gonna appear, sounds reasonable). But if they try to do Harley without Joker existing that will be weird.

But my real beef is, if Laurel is going to eventually take over as Black Canary and her sister is going to die, wouldn't that have to be soon? It took Ollie 5 years of training to become GA, if we want to see Laurel as a realistic Canary by season 5 (which is where the series is planned to) then she needs to start training now. Maybe her sister's death is the death guggen is referring to. Hopefully anyways, because lovesick Laurel effing sucks.
IUsedToBeThecase - 3/7/2014, 8:32 AM
Make me cum Haley, make me cum
Ineedrevelation - 3/7/2014, 8:53 AM
My Lord...

if that's Harley for the show then I swear these writers MUST take over all of DC's television and cinematic universe because everyone else is doing it wrong.

And I actually enjoy DeGow as Huntress. He's a little crazy and works for the character. I just want them to write her with a little more humanity but all and all, I'm good.
Ineedrevelation - 3/7/2014, 8:53 AM
"She's" a little crazy I mean :-P
LegacyOfHush - 3/7/2014, 9:37 AM
@TheBaroness Well maybe you need to re re-watch it there are a few episodes in season one showing Laurel being bad ass.
soforizo - 3/7/2014, 10:04 AM

soforizo - 3/7/2014, 10:10 AM
I wasn't a fan of Helena; I did like her first appearance, but not the second one. But I could say the same thing about different characters from different comics, so I'm used to that.

I do like that her absence carries the sense of real time in the show, that's a great touch. I hope her evolution is for the better.
Brainiac13 - 3/7/2014, 10:20 AM
I would love to see another Birds of Prey series............1st one was way too soon and underrsted. The future DCTv looks good.
QuestionDAnswer - 3/7/2014, 10:47 AM
They already have Black Canary, Huntress and The Blackhawks already showed up which means Lady Blackhawk. All they would need is Oracle which felicity Smoak already plays, so basically the birds of prey already exist in the arrow universe. Now if the network wants they can spin off this team into their own show. They can also do the same with The suicide Squad.
yonny616 - 3/7/2014, 11:04 AM
Why are so many you always digging at Laurel? I understand the whole "she's annoying" hate, since thats how she is being written. It says a lot about how well she's being written and how well she's portraying that if she's convincingly getting hate. Along with spreading false information, or at least that what is implied when so many say: Oh she needs training to be Black Canary, and she doesn't seem to have any. Seems like you all forgot this episode last season!

She's had some training, all she needs is to expand on it more. Also Olvier took 5 years to hone his skills because he wasn't just training but trying to stay alive. He's going to have to split time up between training and staying alive.
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