They’ve already added The Flash to their growing TV empire, but are The CW going to expand that even further with Helena Bertinelli, aka The Huntress?
A core member of long-running team book Birds Of Prey and black sheep of the extended Batman family, Huntress was played in Arrow Season 1 and 2 by Dracula star Jessica De Gouw, and Arrow executive producer Marc Guggenheim has revealed he’d love to give her a headlining spot.
“As far as what becomes a series, what doesn’t become a series, one thing I’ve talked to DC Comics about is, I’d love to do a Huntress series,” Guggenheim told TVLine.
“I mentioned this to Jessica – where we cover the year that she spent between episodes 117 and 217, from her perspective, travelling the world and hunting for her father. You never know, all things are possible, as long as we’ve got Jessica’s willing participation.”
Huntress is definitely one of the strongest independent characters in the non-powered end of the DC Comics canon, the harsh nature of her war on the Mafia frequently bringing her head-to-head with Batman and his successor and her short-lived love interest Nightwing, a relationship echoed on the small screen with Arrow.
From a branding point of view, it’s perfect. Like Arrow you’d be able to deal with Dark Knight-style themes and villains without treading on the toes of the DC Cinematic Universe – such as it is – or Fox’s Gotham TV show.
More importantly, we’ve heard a lot of talk about how the genre is in dire need of a female-led superhero show – now let’s see one.
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