Between everything from The Hunger Games to The Avengers, archery is having a bit of a renaissance these days. So how does The CW’s Arrow stack up when graded by a legit archer?
Surprisingly well, at least according to New Hampshire-based archery pro Carla Companion, who checked out some archery duels on the hit series to see how realistic Stephen Amell’s Green Arrow actually grades out when compared to the real deal.
Though it’s apparently a bit unrealistic to keep a bow drawn for extended periods of time as Arrow tends to do when facing down the baddies, Companion said his form is actually extremely solid (likely due to the practice Amell puts in on the weekends).
She also said the rapid-fire speed at which Arrow can shoot is legit, due to the type of bow he uses (though the same can’t be said for season-one baddie Malcolm Merlyn).
Here’s how Companion broke it down in a chat with ComicBook.com:
“The only thing I see wrong is that he keeps it drawn forever, with ease, while facing someone else at gunpoint. To have the killing power that the bow must have, that would be incredibly difficult to do. His form otherwise is great, actually…
“Good form overall. The only thing I am not believing in the finale is the speed at which [Malcolm Merlyn] is loading his bows, but that’s just movie stretching. It’s completely possible to fire that many with [Oliver Queen's] bow.”
For a layman, Arrow definitely passes the eyeball test — but it’s nice to know they also taught Amell some solid mechanics to make the series as realistic as possible in that regard. Too bad the same can’t be said for Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye in The Avengers, whose real-life archery skills reportedly still need a lot of work.
What do you think of Arrow’s skills? Do they look legit to you?