Oliver Queen, prepare to meet your match! Huntress is coming to Starling City on the November 28 episode of “Arrow,” and she promises to represent “the dark mirror version of Oliver,” according to executive producer Andrew Kreisberg.
“On an emotional level, she and Oliver are both damaged by their pasts,” the writer told Entertainment Weekly about the debut of Helena Bertinelli. “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,” he added with a laugh.
Beyond her stunning looks, Huntress — played by Jessica De Gouw — is also a sight to behold thanks to her uniform, which features nods to the character’s portrayal in the comic books.
“For the Huntress — she’s basically wearing a cape and a purple bikini in the comic,” said Kreisberg. “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.”
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