A modern version of the iconic Bat-character will be popping in for a multi-episode arc on the new CW show this fall.
EW reported that a familiar character would be joining the ranks of CW's Arrow, which debuts this fall. Jessica De Gouw, an Australian actress, has been cast as Helena Bertinelli, better known by most DC fans as The Huntress.
The Huntress has had a confusing history. The character was originally conceived as the daughter of Batman and Catwoman in the Earth-2 Universe, which was home to the Golden Age versions of DC's superheroes. When DC rebooted its universe in 1985, DC changed the Huntress to the daughter of a slain mob family out for revenge. Most recently, DC reverted back to a variation of Huntress's original origin in The New 52.
Based on Variety's description, it appears that DC will be going with the second, "modern" version of the character, i.e. mob daughter out for revenge. The Huntress will also serve as a love interest for Oliver Queen, who's traditionally paired up with Dinah Lance, played in Arrow by Katie Cassady.
The decision to go with the "modern" origin of the character marks a bit of a departure for WB, which had been recently pushing its comics to return to the "iconic" versions of characters to help give synergy between its comics and other media. Honestly though, using a version of the character that doesn't force Batman to be an old man, is probably a good move, as it allows the CW the option to bring in some hot young stud to play Batman when the series begins to lag AND distances the character from the awful Birds of Prey television series, which also featured versions of Dinah Lance and the Huntress.
Stay tuned to the Outhouse for reviews of Arrow, coming this fall.