Geoff Johns wrote tonight’s episode of Arrow and he’s been making the rounds to media outlets to talk about it. In his interview with TV Guide he discussed a few things of interest for the readers of this blog.
Here he is talking about Laurel’s mom, to be played by actress Alex Kingston, who certainly sounds like the Black Canary:
TV Guide Magazine: And this episode you wrote kind of feels like your Smallville episode “Absolute Justice,” in that you have a ton of DC characters together.
Johns: Yeah, that’s kind of what I do. I love using as many DC characters as possible, again not just to use them, but for good reason. If you’re using an assassin, you gotta use Deadshot. And having the arrival of Laurel’s mom? As a big fan of Black Canary, I am excited about that.
TV Guide Magazine: Hence the shout-out to the late Sarah Lance’s pet canary in the early part of the episode…
Johns: Yeah, you gotta get it out there. [Laughs]
TV Guide Magazine: Is this a sign of you guys paving the way for a Laurel twist?
Johns: Um…I can only say that everyone talks about Black Canary a lot.
And for those of you who long for an Amazon visit:
TV Guide Magazine: The one I’m hoping to see on Arrow is Donna Troy. I know they can’t use Wonder Woman, but surely Donna Troy could be used on the show.
Johns: You know what, never say never, man! There’s a lot of characters to be used.
doesn’t show up for a few episodes shows up tonight!. You can read the full interview here.
For those readers who mourned the unceremonious passing of Helena Bertinelli in the new 52, there is some joy. Tonight on the CW, Jessica De Gouw joins Arrow for two episodes as Huntress. While like everything in the DC TVverse vs. comicverse there have been some changes, a new interview with the actress shows she is aware of and researched the comic character (as well I suspect the version of Huntress from CW’s Birds of Prey)
I went back to the comics,” she said. “I think the comics are the best place to start. That’s where it originated. That’s what the fans want to see. That’s what I wanted to go for. I don’t think it helps to impersonate someone else who’s already done it perhaps. Because this isn’t like anything else. It looks different and it feels different. And it’s a different tone.”
She adds that the character enters with a punch and is “a force”:
She’s a force. She’s a force of nature. And not only the Huntress but Helena is pretty sassy in her own right.”
The episode “Muse of Fire” debuts tonight.
Helena Bertinelli will be appearing on the next episode of Arrow (11.28) and here is a full look at the belly window free costume actress Jessica DeGouw will sport.
Despite being retconned out of DC Comics, Helena Bertinelli is still around in the world of the TV show Arrow. She’s make her debut in the sixth episode of the series (November 28) and will be played by Australian actress Jessica DeGouw. According to the verbiage with the picture she’s on for two episodes.
Although I won’t be sure until we see the full costume it does appear that belly window did not make a transition to the small screen and they went with generic leather and mask look. I’m okay with that.
The CW’s Arrow is going the Smallville “no tights” route for his costume for Arrow and sporting a version the hooded costume from Mike Grell’s run as seen in this picture released yesterday where he squares off against Kelly Hu’s China White
And other characters seem to be using some of the classic elements of the comic characters’ costumes. The first trailer for Arrow showed the classic Deathstroke bi-color mask rather than the military costume used in Smallville.
And this week interviews with the show’s cast gave some hints on the costumes that Deadshot and Huntress may be wearing on the show.