Dear Disney, Please Fix This Horrible Photo of Hawkeye

Disney Cruise Lines is known for its immersive experiences, where vacationers get to hang out with their favorite characters. Disney is expanding its character appearances on its ships to include Marvel characters like our beloved expert marksman Hawkeye. It sounds great, right? Well – there’s one problem. Disney’s promotional team royally messed up the logistics of the archery in Hawkeye’s photo.

Disney’s Public Relations Manager Jonathan Frontado posted the error-filled photo on Disney’s official blog. All he wanted to do was promote the Disney Cruise Line’s superhero extravaganza “Marvel Day at Sea,” but instead presented a photo that would make any archer do a double-take. Hawkeye has been featured as part of the Avengers for years, and we love seeing his archery skills on the big screen. Hawkeye is supposed to be the greatest marksman the world has ever seen, but it’s hard to grasp that concept when you see the cruise line actor holding the bow in all the wrong ways.

Orlando Weekly writes, “I don’t know much about archery other than what I was taught at summer camp, but I do know that you don’t fire an arrow from between your fingers…or from the wrong side of the bow.” Give yourself more credit, dear author, you know more about archery than you think.

Hawkeye is supposed to be the greatest marksman the world has ever seen, but it’s hard to grasp that concept when you see the cruise line actor holding the bow in all the wrong ways. Photo Credit: Orlando Weekly

We spotted a few things wrong with the photo, so we’ll break it down one by one:

Putting the arrow between your fingers is a sure-fire way to land yourself a trip to the E.R. When you release the shot, the force of the arrow sliding across your fingers will likely cause damage. Not even an Avenger can fix a severed finger.

The actor is holding the bow awkwardly. The natural rest of where the arrow should sit is located on the side of the archer’s bow arm, or in this case, the right side of the bow. Fake Hawkeye wouldn’t have to put the arrow between his fingers on the left side of the bow if he used the actual bow’s shelf correctly. At least he has his draw hand correct?…

Psyche! There’s a problem with that, too. Even the world’s best archer can’t aim properly with the bow held that low. It’s not even remotely close to eye level and doesn’t use an anchor point, which is typically the corner of your mouth or below your chin. If you shot from that position, you wouldn’t have the slightest clue of where that arrow could end up. How are you supposed to be a productive member of the Avengers like that, Fake Hawkeye? We can only hope they were going for a “mid-draw” action shot in this scenario.

We love Marvel and we love Hawkeye – so Disney, please teach your actors how to properly shoot a bow. Have them take a basic crash course with Jeremy Renner or an archery instructor. We wouldn’t want any impressionable young children thinking that what’s presented in the photo is how they should shoot at the archery range. Archery is a great sport, and we’re glad there’s a superhero that represents the craft. But it should be about safety first, even on a Disney Cruise.

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Season 8 of “The Walking Dead” Has Us All Excited

If you’re a die-hard fan of “The Walking Dead,” you may think last season was missing something. Many critics said the show lost its way, but we think it was just missing Daryl Dixon’s awesome crossbow scenes.

Season 7 began with the group at the mercy of Negan and his gang, the Saviors. After a horrific scene that’s too gory to recap, our favorite crossbow archer, Daryl, was taken prisoner by the Saviors. After suffering at the hands of Negan, he escaped, carrying a major chip on his shoulder. Daryl, Rick and the gang immediately started plotting an attack against the Saviors.

The group teamed with some new friends, who end up double-crossing them. They ended right back where they started – at the mercy of Negan. But this time they were saved by the Kingdom and the Hilltop Militia, which sets up an epic war for season 8.

Daryl is on a mission. After suffering as a prisoner much of last season, he’s feeling vindictive. “He’s tired of waiting, and there are several moments this whole season where Daryl pretty much goes rogue,” Reedus said. Photo Credit: AMC

If you thought last season lacked action, Season 8 will not disappoint. Right from the start it’s all-out war. Daryl is back with his crossbow in hand, and some are speculating this war will last all season.

After last season’s shocking string of deaths, everyone is wondering who might die next. We’re sure it’s not Rick, because he’s too important to the story line. “It’s a lot of Rick’s story, so we’re following Rick’s plan, and we’re seeing it through Rick’s eyes,” said Norman Reedus, who plays Daryl on the show, in an interview with Deadline. Of course, there’s undoubtedly a huge twist waiting for fans at some point this season.

This time around, Daryl is on a mission. After suffering as a prisoner much of last season, he’s feeling vindictive. “He’s tired of waiting, and there are several moments this whole season where Daryl pretty much goes rogue,” Reedus said. “He wants to do something faster and quicker, which might not be the smartest thing to do, but he’s just fed up. He’s ready for revenge.”

Could Negan fall victim to Daryl’s crossbow? We think that’s a definite possibility and a fitting end to Negan’s reign of terror.

Daryl might have bigger things on the horizon. Rumors are swirling that he could get his own show. Reedus is very hush-hush about those rumors and any mention of a “Walking Dead” spin-off. We would love a Daryl Dixon show and all the associated crossbow awesomeness. Until that happens, we’ll settle for watching Season 8 of “The Walking Dead.” Considering how the first two episodes went, we are sure to get our crossbow fix.

Daryl doesn’t have the luxury to go to an archery store every time he needs arrows or a bow tuning. Luckily we don’t live in a zombie wasteland and can easily drive to a shop to buy everything we need.

If you want to start shooting a crossbow, use our store finder to locate a shop near you. Then have the experts outfit you with all the goodies so you can shoot like Daryl.

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“Wonder Woman 2” is the Archery Sequel We Need!

“Wonder Woman” achieved box office gold when it hit theaters this past summer, so trying to create a sequel just as phenomenal is going to be a tall order. With the dynamic duo, director Patty Jenkins and actress Gal Gadot, signed on for round two, they should be up to the task. Not much information has been leaked about the archery component, but all the hypotheticals are still enough to get us pumped.

The first film took place during World War I and it appears the second film will keep with the war theme. “After single-handedly ending World War I through the power of love (and her magical Bracelets of Submission), Wonder Woman 2 will fast-forward Gal Gadot to the 1980s, where she’ll take on the Soviets in a Cold War–themed sequel,” writes Vogue. The 80’s, you say? An archery montage with “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” or “Physical” playing in the background is just sitting there waiting to be filmed.

The first film took place during WW1 and it appears that the second film will keep with the war theme. After single-handedly ending World War I through the power of love (and her magical Bracelets of Submission), Wonder Woman 2 will fast-forward Gal Gadot to the 1980s, where she’ll take on the Soviets in a Cold War–themed sequel. Photo Credit: Warner Bros.

When the first film concluded, Wonder Woman aka Diana, was finally realizing what her powers could enable her to do and how she could use them as a force of good to change the world. The ending scene was a flash forward showing Diana in the real world, working a normal office job. Jenkins teased the sequel will provide viewers with a “full-blown” Wonder Woman, so the sequel should showcase Diana navigating her powers in everyday life, and in this case, that means the 80’s. Three cheers for legwarmers and big hair.

Chris Pine played Steve Trevor, Wonder Woman’s partner in crime/love interest in the first film, but met his tragic demise via suicide mission when he flew a plane filled with bombs into the sunset and detonated it to save mankind. His death sparked a burning rage in Diana that sent her powers into maximum overdrive and enabled her to defeat the villain and end the war. Pine is slated to be in the sequel, which is a bit confusing since his character…died. It looks like they’re either going to come up with some convoluted explanation as to how he survived the explosion, or (the more likely option) Diana will remember him through flashbacks.

The upcoming “Justice League” movie will feature Wonder Woman, so we may get to see a hint of what’s to come though that storyline. Gadot began filming “Justice League” the day after “Wonder Woman” wrapped so she’s been in, and is going to be, in Amazon mode for years. The gauntlets are probably starting to feel like a part of her.

Jenkins will be a triple threat in the upcoming movie, directing, co-writing, and producing. Not only does that look good on a resume, but it is going to stamp her ticket to Hollywood fame by making her the highest grossing female filmmaker of all time. Photo Credit: Warner Bros.

As much as we all loved Wonder Woman and wanted more, it actually took Jenkins a little while to warm up to the idea of rallying for a sequel. She tells Vogue, “As I was falling asleep, I had an epiphany. I was like, Wait a minute. You have the greatest character of all time that you love dearly, with a cast that you love, sitting at the palm of your hand at this day and age—you can do whatever you want with them—are you crazy?” We’re glad she finally saw the light. Jenkins will be a triple threat in the upcoming movie, directing, co-writing and producing. Not only does that look good on a resume but it’s going to stamp her ticket to Hollywood fame by making her the highest paid female filmmaker of all time.

Geena Davis is a real-life archer and Wonder Woman, so it’s no surprise that she told Vanity Fair she’s all for nabbing a role in the sequel. “I met Patty Jenkins and I told her, ‘I’m sure you’re going to make a sequel and if you need anybody Amazonian, there’s always me. I’m available.” For the love of all that is holy, get this woman a role and a bow. It doesn’t look like any more information has leaked on this front, but we can keep our fingers crossed.

We saw Diana shooting some quality archery in the first film, (the slow-mo jump shot could go down in history) and hopefully we’ll see her boogie down with those skills in the new version. “Wonder Woman 2” is set to hit theaters on December 13, 2019.

If you want to channel your inner Wonder Woman, visit your local archery range.

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In The Movies: Lara Croft Trailer Features Archery

Angelina Jolie and her gun-holstering booty shorts were the face of Lara Croft for years, but the March 2018 “Tomb Raider” reboot introduces pants, archery and Alicia Vikander. In the trailer’s first five seconds we’re hit with fast-paced, heart-pounding, archery-fueled action.

Yes, you could say we’re a little excited.

The new film is a prequel to the franchise, featuring a 21-year-old Lara who’s struggling to find her place in life. The IMDB synopsis teases: “Determined to forge her own path, (Lara) refuses to take the reins of her father’s global empire just as staunchly as she rejects the idea that he’s truly gone. Advised to face the facts and move forward after seven years without him, even Lara can’t understand what drives her to finally solve the puzzle of his mysterious death.”

Whatever drives her, we’re glad it involves archery. Lara “leaves everything she knows behind in search of her dad’s last-known destination: a fabled tomb on a mythical island that might be somewhere off the coast of Japan,” continues IMDB.

The new film will be a prequel to the existing franchise and feature a 21-year-old Lara as she struggles to find her place in life. The IMDB synopsis teases that Lara is “determined to forge her own path, she refuses to take the reins of her father’s global empire just as staunchly as she rejects the idea that he’s truly gone. Photo Credit: The Sun

So begins the story’s origin. Movies based on an origin story tend to be hit or miss, with no in-between. They drag out the story, making you wait until the sequel for any actual action, but sometimes they find a good balance of half-exposition, half-action. The problem with the all-exposition approach is that filmmakers risk boring the audience so thoroughly with the first movie that they don’t want the second.

“History shows that making the audience wait for the sequel to get the movie they wanted the first time is a surefire way to make sure that a sequel never actually comes about,” Forbes reports. We’ll have to wait until March to see if “Tomb Raider” dispels such worries.

What we know with certainty is that it features archery. The trailer opens with Lara running along the island, longbow in hand. She launches a rapid shot, and this whole thing holds incredible promise.

“What we really wanted to tell with this was a survival story,” director Roar Uthaug tells IGN. “Surviving on a desolate island like this, it felt like the bow and arrow was the natural weapon for Lara, and it also plays such a huge part in the game.” Even the movie’s title card uses an image of an arrow sailing across the words “Tomb Raider.”

Lara is no stranger to archery. The “Tomb Raider” Wikia page lists a plethora of bows used in the video games, ranging from a recurve, to a compound, to a longbow, and finally to specialty bows in “Rise of the Tomb Raider.” She even has poisonous, flaming and exploding trick arrows. If the movie features all of those, Lara might give Hawkeye a run for his money. She also uses her bows for more than shooting arrows. In the video games, she strangles bad guys with them. It’s hard to say whether the movie will feature such hard-core lethality, but its trailer suggests we’ll see bow and arrows used the old-fashioned way.

“With death-defying waterfall jumps and Katniss-style archery skills, the new trailer reveals there will be no shortage of Vikander’s ripped physique,” notes PureWow. That’s a welcome change, given the movie’s rocky start when fans criticized its first poster. Many on Twitter thought Alicia’s neck was comically long and obviously photoshopped. Some even jokingly tried to “fix” it, as seen on Eurogamer.

Vikander’s portrayal of the character is based on Square Enix’s newer iteration of the heroine protagonist. Everything from Vikander’s outfit to the new setting she explores in the movie are based on the respective 2013 and 2015 games, Tomb Raider and Rise of the Tomb Raider. Photo Credit: Redditt user spacecadet2023

Reboots will always be closely compared to their originals, and Polygon notes the difference between the storylines: “Vikander’s portrayal of the character is based on Square Enix’s newer iteration of the heroine protagonist. Everything from Vikander’s outfit to the new setting she explores in the movie are based on the respective 2013 and 2015 games, ‘Tomb Raider’ and ‘Rise of the Tomb Raider.’” With Angelina Jolie’s two films both featuring a mature and seasoned Lara Croft from the ’90s video games, it makes sense that the new films cover the newer video game stories.

Alicia Vikander looks poised to bring a great archery character to the big screen. Any movie trailer that features archery is a good start, and we can only hope “Tomb Raider” is even better.

“Tomb Raider” opens in theaters March 16, 2018. If you leave the theater feeling inspired, be sure to visit your local archery range.

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“Arrow” is Back, and Oliver Queen Has a New Bow!

The Season 5 finale of “Arrow” ended in an explosion of epic proportions, leaving fans nervous about the fate of their favorite characters. At the season’s end, the island Lian Yu went up in smoke with many of the main members of Team Arrow still on it. We know Oliver Queen was on a boat, so he’s guaranteed safety. But what about the other major archer, Artemis? Will she make it out of the rubble unscathed? Or will Oliver be our only chance to see some archery in Season 6?

To say the Season 5 finale ended with a cliffhanger is an understatement. The fate of every main character is unknown, although all main characters on the island during the explosion have been confirmed as regular cast members in Season 6. Whether they will appear in flashbacks or in the active story line remains to be seen.

The fate of every “Arrow” main character, including Artemis,  is unknown. Whether they will appear in flashbacks or in the active story line remains to be seen. Photo Credit: The CW

In Season 5, the villain Prometheus rigged Lian Yu to explode in the event of his death; when he realized he was done for, he killed himself to go out in a literal blaze of glory. One of the characters trapped on the island was archer Artemis, who was imprisoned by Team Arrow for plotting a mutiny. This video by Hybrid Network reveals that Wendy Mericle, executive producer of “Arrow,” neither confirms nor denies Artemis’ return. She teased that the “jury was still out” on whether Team Arrow would forgive Artemis for her betrayal. When asked how the show will use flashbacks in Season 6, Mericle told TV Guide, “We’re going to use the flashbacks to go back and see what happened on the island and who lived and who died.” It might be safe to assume that we will see Artemis one way or another.

It’s also been revealed that Oliver will be switching back to a recurve bow, which turns out to be actor Stephen Amell’s choice. ComicBook has a video of Amell at the San Diego Comic Con panel explaining, “It’s a lot like the Season 1 bow…and not really for any particular reason. I was just like, ‘Guys, it’s time.’ I wanted to go a little old school.” He presented the idea to the writers, joking that the bow could have been made by Cisco Ramon, creating a crossover with The Flash. The new bow might be a welcome change for some viewers.

During a Comic Con  panel, Steven Amell described the reasoning behind  Green Arrow’s switch to a recurve bow.  “It’s a lot like the Season 1 bow,” he said. “And not really for any particular reason. I was just like, ‘Guys, it’s time.’ I wanted to go a little old school.” Photo Credit: Ammaross Daran via YouTube

As seen in this video from the Heroes & Villains FanFest in Nashville, Amell admitted that Manu Bennett’s character Slade Wilson is “back to being a part of the show” and that he might pop up “multiple times this year.” AV Club muses, “Amell also teased that someone who hasn’t been on the show since its first season will also be coming back, but he didn’t offer any real hints. Considering that a lot of the characters who only appeared in Season 1 are dead, though, it might be tough to find one who even could come back, and that’s without assuming that the show will play some ‘they never actually died’ trick, which is entirely possible and very likely.”

Oliver has certainly experienced some character development over the years. “The Oliver Queen in Season 5 is drastically different from the Oliver Queen in Season 1,” said the writers of ComicsVerse. “For starters, he doesn’t hunt down and kill people whose names are on The List. Instead, Oliver’s taken a more practical approach. His practicality doesn’t come by being The Green Arrow, but by being Mayor of Star City and fixing it. This also extends to Oliver rounding up the other vigilantes in Star City and teaching them the right way to protect the city.”

With Oliver adding the role of “dad” to his many personas, it should be safe to assume that we will continue to see a more conscious and human Green Arrow, especially after Prometheus managed to torture Oliver into admitting that he enjoys killing.

Prometheus pulled this admission from Oliver because he recognized a kindred spirit. “Prometheus is a lot like Oliver as The Hood,” continues ComicsVerse. “He’s also a representation of what Oliver use to be before he became The Green Arrow. Prometheus’ crusade against Oliver is as self-righteous as Oliver’s crusade was against everyone who was on The List.” A very good point that hopefully will be fleshed out in Season 6.

Oliver’s new bow will be a recurve. So if you’re ready to see him kick butt with his new equipment, don’t forget to tune in. Photo Credit: The CW

Season 6 opens five months after the explosion and showcases Oliver’s new recurve bow within the first 10 seconds. He immediately launches into battle, giving the bow a test drive. Fans can look forward to another great archery moment when Oliver uses two arrows to pin a villain against a wall by his shoulders.

The only-alive-in-flashbacks theory is almost entirely debunked within the first 10 minutes. We see most of the characters that were on the island alive and well, with a few exceptions. William’s mother Samantha Clark passed away on the island; Oliver’s sister Thea is alive, but in a coma; and Artemis remains to be seen. Oliver tries to reach out to William after Samantha’s death, but that battle is proving to be more difficult than any he faces in the field. At the end of the premiere episode, Oliver is outed by a news station that has figured out he is the Green Arrow. As mayor, that will be extremely difficult to explain to his citizens and will make for one heck of a sixth season.

The premiere episode suggests that the audience will discover what happened on the island gradually throughout the season. We are given basic information, but they are leaving room for plenty of plot twists – not to mention, we still need clarification on Artemis’s status. At least fans can look forward to some impressive archery with the return of the recurve bow.

Tune in to Arrow Thursdays on the CW to follow along. If the show gives you some archery inspiration, be sure to visit your local archery range and put it to good use.

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