Is the Bow and Arrow Now Hollywood’s Weapon of Choice?

| April 27, 2012 | 5 Comments More

Katniss Everdeen Hunger Games Bow and Arrow Jennifer Lawrence

With ‘The Hunger Games‘, ‘The Avengers‘ and the animated feature ‘Brave’, there seems to be a weaponry trend forming. Instead of the go to guns and artillery, the weapon of choice in movies today appears to be the favorite of our heroine Katniss – the Bow and Arrow. E! Online analyzes this apparent shift of weaponry in cinema.

We do appear to be in a mini-era of bad-ass bow wielders, and I’m not just talking about Katniss and her dystopia-slaying arrows…or the flaming red-head who stars in Pixar’s upcoming adventure.

The Avengers Hawkeye vs The Hunger Games Katniss How about Jeremy Renner‘s Hawkeye in The Avengers is a prime example. As is Norman Reedus‘ Daryl on The Walking Dead.  And the character Pete Hornberger, who works with Liz Lemon on 30 Rock? Used to be an Olympic-grade archer. Really. In the critically acclaimed We Need to Talk About Kevin, our promising young killer has a way with a bow and arrow. A re-imagining of the Green Arrow comic book character, calledArrow, is headed to the CW this fall.

Does all this equal an end to on-screen bullets?

“Gunfights are usually main plot points,” says Davis, who has worked on SawHeat and Garden State. “It’s the main reason firearms are so important in a story. It’s good theater, good drama.”

That said, Hollywood is definitely looking for new weapons with which to amuse us. And when it comes to alternative weapons, bows are some of the best.

“Well, I can say that firearms maybe have become old hat in the industry,” Davis tells this B!tch. “People are trying to get away from that, make stories more Rambo-esque. The bow and arrow has always been a primitive weapon and the audience has more of a tendency to sympathize with someone bearing the weapon because it doesn’t have the accuracy and range of a firearm.

“Hollywood just wants to change it up a little.”

You can read the full article at E! Online.

source: E! Online

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  1. laney says:

    i just think everyone is just making movies that happen to have a bow and arrow, although, bows and arrows are preety cool

  2. EmberSC says:

    Yup, the bow and arrow is stealthy and cool now.

  3. Beth says:

    I don’t think so… Jeremy Rennner in the Avengers is playing Hawkeye, a character that has been around a lot longer than The Hunger Games has. Hawkeye was using a bow and arrow before Katniss was even thought of. I really don’t think the two are connected at all. If anything Katniss is ripping off Hawkeye’s awesome archery skills, it just happens that the hunger games movie came out first.
    I think its more of a coincidence. I know its popular but i really doubt that the hunger games is actually influencing what weapons are written into scripts of movies.

  4. thglover says:

    oh yeah katniss! way to go u incouraged hollywood with your bow and arrows!

  5. judahclark says:

    Renner is awesome but hey Lawrence was pretty SICk with the bow
    although Renners character was pretty Sicker. Hmm idk

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