Huntress | Helena Bertinelli/Helena Wayne
Though I think Huntress is one of those characters that could work better on a TV show for the fact that it would be easier to expand her cast.
In a Helena Wayne TV show you could bring in Power Girl, Fury, Nightwing, Black Canary, maybe even Barbara as Oracle instead of Batgirl, Renee Montoya, Kate Kane, possibly even Helena Bertinelli, most of the Justice Society, etc.
They tried that once with Birds of Prey on The WB/CW, and the show got cancelled before it could finish a whole season.
The Birds of Prey TV show got cancelled on various factors that ranged from constantly changing the show’s schedule to not handling the characters correctly, to poor execution of ideas, and overall bad writing in an attempt to bank on the success of Smallville.
If the show and characters had been written and developed more closely to their comic book counterparts it could have actually been successful. For example, if season one had been fronted by both Dinah Laurel Lance (Black Canary) and Barbara Gordon (Oracle) as the lead characters, and the writers actually focused on building the relationship between these two characters, that would have been the hook that would have brought in not just fans of the comic book but the mainstream audience as well.
If the WB/CW especially wanted to bank on Batman’s popularity with audience members without actually using him, it was actually smart of them to use the Helena Wayne version of the Huntress for that direct connection to the Batman mythos. However, she should not have been the main focus of the show and should’ve been introduced a little later on and in a minor role to not take away focus from Dinah and Barbara.
At best, at least for season one, Helena Wayne and the existence of the Huntress should have been hinted at or referenced throughout the show before actually introducing the character in both of her identities to audience members. To keep audience members interested in the character, it would have also been smart to treat the two identities as separate entities by introducing them at separate times and by writing her ‘Helena Wayne’ personality differently from her ‘Huntress’ personality. That way you could actually build towards the revelation that Helena Wayne is the Huntress. I would have saved that development for the second half of season one though, and the revelation for the finale. By season two, I would have made Helena Wayne a full cast member.
That being said, I do think a Huntress/Wayne TV show could actually succeed, but as I said before, it NEEDS to be done right. There needs to be less focus on trying to make the characters ‘more appealing’ and more emphasis on translating the existing material to screen and developing the character’s story to the mainstream audience.
The key to any successful story is to in fact tell a good story. Take the time to develop the characters, take the time to build their mythology.