Arrow premiered in the US last night and many fans have been raving about the new DC show, with many excited about the involvement of Huntress. However, the fans of the show are not the only ones, as Arrow producers Andrew Kreisberg and Geoff Johns are also excited about the future of Huntress and the actress who plays her.
Kreisberg told Collider, “Huntress is played by Jessica De Gouw, who we think is going to be a huge break-out star. We’re really excited about her. A lot of the secondary characters came about when Geoff and I were sitting on set, freezing our butts off, in Vancouver, in the middle of the winter saying, ‘Wouldn’t it be cool, if we did this? Wouldn’t it be cool, if we did that?’ Especially with Deadshot and The Huntress, they’re people who haven’t really been seen before.”
He added, “They’re very popular, iconic DC comics characters, who have never really been given their proper due, in mediums other than the comics. For us, as writers and creators and fans, what was most exciting for us was to take some of these lesser known characters and put the Arrow spin on them. For the most part, characters who are going to make the transition from the comic books to the show are the ones that have a very grounded reality.”
Andrew continued, “You won’t be seeing a lot of the characters who are aliens or who are people that have superpowers. For characters like Deadshot and The Huntress, they have very grounded and emotional backstories. At the heart of this show, it’s a drama. If you take away all the trappings of uniforms and arrows and super-villains, it’s really about people. For The Huntress, [she and Oliver have] got a very similar backstory. Both of their crusades were born out of pain and loss.”
Johns chipped in, “The Huntress was chosen because of the emotional resonance she has with Oliver Queen. That’s why I like all of the characters that are in the show. They all are connected to him, in some way.”
Arrow premiered in the US on Wednesday, October 10 on The CW and is set to premiere in the UK on Monday, October 22 on Sky1 at 8pm.