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Huntress

by Ryan Rigley

It's been a while since we last saw Helena Bertinelli, a.k.a. the Huntress, on the streets of Starling City; eight episodes to be exact. Last we saw her, Helena had completed her transformation from loving daughter to deadly anti-hero with Oliver Queen showing her the ropes of vigilantism. It's no wonder she's still out for justice, especially with her mob boss father still at large.

Earlier this week, the CW released a behind-the-scenes featurette giving us an inside look at tonight's episode of "Arrow" entitled "The Huntress Returns." However, the Huntress isn't the only one making a huge comeback. Oliver Queen's nightclub, which burned down at the end of episode ten, will also apparently be taking center stage in tonight's episode, complete with a very special guest star: Grammy nominated producer, DJ Steve Aoki!

Check out the featurette below!

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It's a busy day for fans of "Arrow," from casting news to new photos and interviews. The rundown: a "Heroes" villain is set to terrorize Oliver Queen; the Huntress speaks; and a new mysterious archer is showing up to throw down with our favorite emerald-clad crime-fighter.

Get the lowdown after the break!

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With the Huntress set to make her debut in the next episode of the CW series "Arrow," many fans are champing at the bit in anticipation for her appearance, while those who are discovering these characters for the first time may be left scratching their heads and wondering who she is, having just gotten their heads around this guy with the arrows.

Given that, we've decided to tackle those questions head on, and take a look back at the Huntress' comic book origins in this week's edition of Hollywood Justice.

When the Huntress first appeared in 1977's "DC Super Stars" #17, it was obvious that she was both integrally tied into the DC Universe and yet strangely removed from it. She was the daughter of two of DC's most iconic characters, Batman and Catwoman — but not the Batman and Catwoman most readers are familiar with.

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Helena Bertinelli makes her "Arrow" debut in the show's next new episode, "Muse of Fire." You've already seen an early look at that appearance, and now, you can see Helena in full Huntress regalia in these five new photos from the character's second episode, "Vendetta." Check them out below!

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Oliver Queen has already gone bow to assault rifle with the Royal Flush Gang, and he's also given it his all in battles against China White and Deadshot. But in the next two episodes, he has his sights set on Helena Bertinelli's daddy — and if he had any idea who Helena really is, he might think twice about crossing his newest nemesis.

The CW have released a preview for the next episode of "Arrow," titled "Muse of Fire," which starts the two-episode arc featuring Huntress. See Jessica De Gouw in action as the DC Comics vigilante in the video below!

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Watch out, Laurel Lance. There's a new girl in town with her sights set on Oliver Queen.

"Arrow" introduces Huntress into its universe in the show's seventh episode, "Muse On Fire," airing November 28. Ahead of that, Green Arrow TV has posted a whole slew of new photos featuring Jessica De Gouw as the deadly vigilante. See five of them below.

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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.

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"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.

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"Arrow" is keeping things close in the DC Comics family, adding yet another familiar face to its ever growing cast — the Huntress.

Entertainment Weekly reports that the vengeful Huntress is joining the cast of "Arrow," The CW's adaptation of the Green Arrow comic books. She'll be played by Jessica De Gouw.

Traditionally viewed as part of Batman's extended cast, Huntress will be trading in the Caped Crusader for a greener shade of hero. According to the report, "Arrow" writers are leaning on the modern interpretation of Huntress; in other words, she's not the alternate universe daughter of Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle. Instead, she's Helena Bertinelli, daughter of a mafia boss who seeks revenge against the people who murdered her family. But even with vengeance on the mind, it seems that Huntress has room in her heart for Oliver as well.

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'Huntress: Year One'Stranger things have happened in the comics world than C-list superheroines suddenly selling an unprecedented number of books. But when that character is The Huntress, whose collected mini-series "Huntress: Year One" shot up to #10 in overall book sales on Amazon.com Monday, there are a few possible explanations that come to mind -- several of which are very enticing.

Initially reported by comics blog The Beat, the "Huntress" sales spike has prompted a lot of chatter around the comics scene lately. With Batman and the Frank Miller-coined term "Year One" both hot commodities in Hollywood these days, a massive sales spike for a character who could easily be marketed as a "female Batman" is, well... it's pretty much an open invitation to speculation. Read More...

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