First Look At ARROW's Huntress Officially Released, Plus Other New Details On The Character

After a low-res first look at Huntress (Jessica De Gouw) in Arrow leaked, Entertainment Weekly have released the still. Additionally, exec producer Andrew Kreisberg comments on the character's costume and whether or not the comic book version's Catholicism will be a big part of the TV version.

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By Paul Romano - 11/2/2012


Recently, a still of The Huntress (played Jessica De Gouw) from The CW's Arrow was leaked online, giving us our first look at the television series' depiction of the DC character. Now, Entertainment Weekly have officially released the still:



Additionally, the site spoke with executive producer Andrew Kreisberg about Huntress' introduction in the series, as well as her costume, religion, and whether or not we can expect her to appear again on Arrow after her first appearance in episode six.

Tell me what made you want to introduce the Huntress — and so early in the show’s run, for that matter.
"Geoff Johns [from DC Entertainment] was up on the set when we were shooting the pilot and while we were sitting in Vancouver outside freezing our butts off [while] shooting the island sequences, we sat around going, ‘Well, we don’t want to jinx ourselves, but let’s say we do get picked up: What kind of DC characters do you think we can bring to the show?’ And we started spit-balling, I’m not sure which one of us it was but somehow we got this idea for the Huntress. She is the dark mirror version of Oliver, and it was a nice contrast to him because he’s pretty extreme. He goes a lot further than not only his comic book version but lots of comic book characters — most have a code of draws the line against killing. Our [Oliver] is obviously past that. [So we wondered] what could we do if we brought the Huntress in. Since we already have a character who goes to extremes, how much more extreme can we make her?

"What we really liked was that on an emotional level, she and Oliver are both damaged by their pasts. As we say on the show, they’ve both gone through a crucible and come out the other side. This is the way they’re coping, but somehow, Oliver has taken the darkness inside with him and is doing something positive with it. She’s taken the darkness inside her and is seeking revenge and doesn’t care who gets hurt in the process. All of these interesting philosophical discussions: What is vengeance? What is justice? Where do you draw the line and how far is too far? And then the fact that she’s hot and Oliver is into her makes it all the more complicated.


What ended up being the answer to your first question — how did you make her more extreme than Oliver?
"When you watch the episode, someone close to Oliver is almost killed by the Huntress’ actions and that sets him on his quest. So it’s kind of interesting because in some ways he’s seeking revenge and then he collides with somebody else who’s entire reason for being is revenge. And what’s interesting is that Oliver is on autopilot in some respects as far as his mission. Everything is about the mission and righting his father’s wrongs. And it’s only until he bumps into this sad, damaged, angry but beautiful woman that he realizes how lonely he is and the toll that lying to everybody in his life is taking. So he’s going after a bad guy and he suddenly realizes that he has a lot more in common with her than just about anyone else in his family. That creates this amazing fun relationship for them."


Will we see more of her after her initial appearances?
"We hope so. It’s two episodes for now but we definitely hope we see more of her. We certainly set her up as an interesting foil for Oliver and we’re excited to see where else we can take her."


Let’s talk about her costume.
"For the Huntress — she’s basically wearing a cape and a purple bikini in the comic. That wouldn’t play so well. So her costume is much more functional while also being sexy and you see there are also hints of purple, which ties into her comic book costume. We also think that on our show, no one is wearing a costume — they are uniforms or outfits. Also, in the comic, Helena is devoutly Catholic. You can see in the Kevlar she’s wearing on her chest, it’s actually in the shape of a cross, which we thought was really cool."


Will her Catholicism play a big part of your TV version of the character?
"Her religion has really become revenge. She wears a cross around her neck and that plays a key role in the episode. We don’t touch too much upon the religion, but the iconography is certainly there from the comic books. You can see the DNA of the comic book version in the outfit that our Helena wears. It was just really fun to see because since the pilot, it’s really our first out-and-out hero outfit that we’ve designed, and we really think we’ve succeeded."


Arrow airs Wednesdays on The CW at 8 PM EST.









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Ha1frican - 11/2/2012, 1:59 PM
Could at least be more colorful
NextHero08 - 11/2/2012, 2:09 PM
"no one is wearing a costume — they are uniforms or outfits." Kinda like Smallville...rite. Who wore a cape in that show, Doctor Fate and then Clark at the end of the series? Everything else was a uniform or outfit.
toco89 - 11/2/2012, 2:09 PM
Religion, ballsy. Even if its just a alussion to it.
blvdnoise - 11/2/2012, 2:10 PM
Whats the majority rule on this thing, is the show any good? I've actually never checked it out
Superior - 11/2/2012, 2:12 PM
Her eye mask and overjacket look purple.
lilej2 - 11/2/2012, 2:15 PM
@toco89 nothing ballsy about religion, dude. It's just religion. Do you even know how to use the word "ballsy"?
SwingsetKnight - 11/2/2012, 2:15 PM
I realize of course that it's all ludicrous and we can't really expect actual realism out of it, but if they're so interested in the appearance of realism that they change her costume into Oliver's with a purple cross, then why on earth is her hair still just hanging loose like that?

I wondered about that in TDKR as well: here we have these guys so set and determined on making everything "plausible in the real world" but highly trained hand-to-hand fighters wear long hair loose? Just seems...odd. I was always told that long, loose hair is basically the biggest liability you can have in a fight. Half the world will go straight for the hair-yank at the outset, the other half stands a good chance of getting a handful of it even if they miss another hold, and there's basically nothing to do but try to work through the pain if someone gets hold of the end of it. Blah...yeah, rant over.
KaneVonDoom - 11/2/2012, 2:17 PM
Lame. They could've made it a lot more like the comic with a tiny bit of effort and pulled it off.
silverdog - 11/2/2012, 2:24 PM
as generic and cheap looking as expected.
Chloefornication - 11/2/2012, 2:32 PM
Catwoman's ripoff
luckylu - 11/2/2012, 3:20 PM
i just see black. with black leather. and a black domino mask. but seriously, what did we expect?
toco89 - 11/2/2012, 3:29 PM
@lilej

Point went staight over your head dude.
LordCole - 11/2/2012, 3:30 PM
To many side characters to soon, are they planning on burning the show out right off the top?
Hellsboy - 11/2/2012, 3:31 PM
the mask is way to small but at least its not facepaint
rubbish78 - 11/2/2012, 3:38 PM
disappointing....
manofmidgard - 11/2/2012, 4:00 PM
well that all sounded pretty good. but it looks so bad. still cant quite work up any enthusiasm to watch this show. why cant the characters ever look like themselves?
dekexz19 - 11/2/2012, 4:07 PM
I think the costume is perfect and exactly how it should translate to TV. There's subtle hints to the comic version and we still haven't seen it in motion. I'm sure it will look great then. They even kept the crossbow. You people need to quit being so skeptical and just take everything into account.
jingorot - 11/2/2012, 4:18 PM
looks like generic crap.

and they're not even trying to hide the fact that they're ripping off nolan...
ArtisticErotic - 11/2/2012, 4:19 PM
Like many have said too many side characters being introduced.

1. The characters are one-shots they are just put there to draw in fans.

2. The writing and dialogue on this show is pretty bad.
jingorot - 11/2/2012, 4:25 PM
@dekexz19

"You people need to quit being so skeptical"

we don't need to quit being anything. this show has failed to impress, and outside of the crap first episode (which i only viewed to be fair to the show), it hasn't given me one good reason to tune in.

again, complete generic crap. no wonder the ratings are declining.
ep1 = 4.14 million
ep2 = 3.55 million
ep3 = 3.51 million
ep4 = 3.05 million
it's lost about 25% of it's viewers since day one.
throughout most of it's run, smallville scored 4-6million easily. it got cancelled when it hit 2-3million, which is where this is heading less than 5 episodes in. i predict this'll be cancelled soon.
ArtisticErotic - 11/2/2012, 4:29 PM
I mean seriously, you could have done something like this, maybe cover up the stomach area and get rid of the ridiculously high heels.

AUSSYACE - 11/2/2012, 4:38 PM
TheMarvelWay - 11/2/2012, 4:44 PM
@jingorot Smallville wasn't cancelled. They wanted to end the show.
jingorot - 11/2/2012, 4:50 PM
^yeah sure, whatever you wanna believe.
XavierLehnsherr - 11/2/2012, 5:22 PM
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sameoldthing - 11/2/2012, 5:27 PM
Why create a show based on comic book characters & cop out on the costumes?!
Ollies look translates pretty well as dies Deathstroke look from the pics i saw.

Need to see more of Huntress to really tell but it looks fairly generic.
Show is just good..it could be great of they try harder.
BasedThanos - 11/2/2012, 6:14 PM
This show has grown on me, but the costumes are really generic and disappointing.
skidz - 11/2/2012, 6:19 PM
@jingorot: A problem people may have with the show is that Oliver Queen isn't nearly as high profile as Clark Kent. And I support the idea that Smallville ended, it wasn't canceled. The show was no longer about Smallvile, Kent was officially part of Metropolis.
DCjohnny - 11/2/2012, 7:21 PM
like before i am ok with the costume ... and have to see her to say the rest of the performace
RobLiefeldFan - 11/2/2012, 7:37 PM
Wow Fans Getting Butt hurt because it's not like the comic what do you expect smh. You actually want someone to have pointy ears and a purple costume then you are joking but the pic that @ArtisticErotic put up may work though.. Hmmmmm
mgeoff88 - 11/2/2012, 8:14 PM
The purple is darker in the official image, which makes it look better.

I still think they could've done so much more with her costume. Hopefully when she comes back, Helena will have updated her costume off screen or something.

That's a nice touch that they will be alluding to her religious beliefs from the comics more or less. Jessica De Gouw is beautiful and does look like Helena. I just wish her outfit was better.

@ArtisticErotic I really hope we see that costume eventually! Her abdomen would have to be covered up for protection. And the suit would look better as a plus.
Pooh - 11/2/2012, 10:49 PM
The hair is all wrong. But at least it's long.
Pooh - 11/2/2012, 10:55 PM
Here's another mask. This one has a certain Elvish look to it.


TheMarvelWay - 11/2/2012, 11:09 PM
@jingorot Smallville producers were asked year after year to return.
Most of the cast and producers wanted to move on so going into season 10 they announced it would be the last.
Thats not cancellation.
If they had wanted to continue they could easily have done so.
TheMarvelWay - 11/2/2012, 11:16 PM
Almost none of the DC women heroes have costumes that a real woman would wear in combat situations and especially fighting bad guys, who in reality would rape them if they had the chance. Imagine how well it would work for female cops if they dressed that way.
Fem groups would be pissed and really what kind of message would Wonder Woman be sending to her female fans running around with her panties up her crack?
And everytime WW, Black Canary, Huntress, gets thrown, slides, jumps crashes through a wall and etc., their legs and butts would get scraped and sometimes need stitches.
Who would want to deal with that?
ChanceX74 - 11/3/2012, 2:47 AM
"You can see the DNA of the comic book version in the outfit that our Helena wears."

Someone's been taking cues from Ridley Scott on how to not follow something while appearing to follow it.
marvel72 - 11/3/2012, 5:47 AM
given up with this show gonna watch the deathstroke episode & then i'm done.
TheGlove - 11/3/2012, 7:06 AM
This show is so Smallsvile. It's the same old thing with these show. no one has the balls to do it properly.
Tainted87 - 11/3/2012, 9:46 AM
Huntress has one of the most ridiculous costumes. Like a mash-up of Wolverine, every Psylocke outfit, with a pointless square cut navel exposure.

On with the show. Ollie kills people in every episode. As Diggle said: he is a murderer. Doesn't matter who he is killing, it is still murder. He does NOT kill people in the comics.

Making Huntress a killer doesn't seem like they're setting up a stark contrast between the two...
Pooh - 11/3/2012, 5:26 PM
@Tainted87, Interesting point. By changing the GA character they may have weakened his relationship with his character foils, like Huntress.
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