In a recent article, Stephen Amell, the lead actor in the Arrow series which premiered last night, talked about the importance of his character’s archery form. He seems to be very aware that not only will comic book fans be picking apart the show’s interpretation of Green Arrow, but archers will also be judging his technique.
Recently Laura Fisk analyzed the form of the most recent super hero archers shown on screen. Most of them didn’t fair very well. And she’s not the only one that noticed that archers on screen can have very sloppy form.
Amell trained for Arrow with archery coach Patricia Gonsalves. Before they began practicing, she had him watch a video of TV shows and movies in which archery had been done very badly. Getting proper form down was a priority for her.
It’s to be expected that some compromises in form will be made while filming and some CGI will be used. So we can’t get too nitpicky about what we’re watching. But, I do think it’s a good sign that Stephen is very conscious of his form and that he knows we archers are watching. He also seems to enjoy archery which may bode well for how it’s portrayed on the show.
What did you think about the pilot? Were you critiquing Oliver Queen’s archery form or just happy to see another show/movie with an archer saving the day – and making archery look really cool?