Year of the arrow: Katniss, Hawkeye, ‘Brave’ point the way

May 12, 2012 | 4:00 p.m.

"Arrow": Stephen Amell is Oliver Queen, a mysterious vigalante in Starling City. (The CW)

Marvel's mega-hit "The Avengers" unites a god, a monster, a super solider and... that "Hurt Locker" dude with a bow and arrow? Yes, Hawkeye (along with Black Widow) is a mere mortal but he brings sharp edges to an all-star affair. “I love him," director Joss Whedon says, "because he really could not be less of a team player." (Marvel Studios / Disney)

The first Pixar princess doesn't have a glass slipper -- but if you perch that poison apple on your head she'll be happy to shoot it with an arrow. Merida, voiced by Kelly Macdonald, is the impetuous daughter of King Fergus in the June 22 release of "Brave" that tells a tale of courage, magic and self-discovery. (Disney)

Katniss Everdeen is a rural rebel in an oppressed society of faceless citizens. How will she make her mark? That's right, with a bow and arrow (and, um, the flaming dress didn't hurt either). "The Hunger Games" has gone from bookshelf sensation to cinema sensation and the influence of Katniss can also be tracked in national surge in bow sales and archery class enrollment. (Lionsgate)

Director Tarsem Singh brought scenes of majestic mayhem to "Immortals" and among the most memorable was glowing arrows of the Epirus Bow, a weapon fit for the gods (or star Henry Cavill, shown above and the soon-to-be Superman). (Relativity Media)

Sure, "Game of Thrones" is a sword-and-shield show -- but arrows have some royal favor on the HBO series. Cruel King Joffrey likes the heft of this crossbow, which might be the same one his father had on that fateful boar hunt. (HBO)

"The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim" came out near the end of last year but it reached its pop-culture peak here in 2012 with a can't-miss meme: “I used to be an adventurer like you, then I took an arrow in the knee.” Miss the point? Just Google it. (Bethesda Studios)

UPDATED: Thanks to reader Tom Adams who reminded us about the ominous interest in archery exhibited by the title character in "We Need to Talk About Kevin." The wrenching film premiered to acclaim at Cannes last year but got its widest release in mid-January. (Artificial Eye)

UPDATED: Reader Robert Todd reminded us of another flinty spirit: Daryl Dixon of "The Walking Dead," who sharpened his survival skills during a harsh Georgia childhood and now carves the wooden bolts he fires from his Horton Scout crossbow. (AMC)

If you want to know the weapon of choice in pop culture this year just follow the arrow. Click though the gallery above (be sure to click the “CAPTIONS ON” option) to see why 2012 is a year with a big bull’s-eye on its back.

– Geoff Boucher

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12 Responses to Year of the arrow: Katniss, Hawkeye, ‘Brave’ point the way

  1. Suua P. says:

    I Love Katniss Everdeen. She's the best!

    • Ashley says:

      umm seriously

      AVENGERS RULES. BEAT HUNGER GAMES (i used to like it but, bye bye.)

      HAWKEYE is SOOOOOOOOO MUCH BETTER THANK KATNISS.

      • KATNISS says:

        Um before u go bye bye i think u should see fiction from reality: Hunger Games rules! and Katniss is actually really good at archery, on the other hand Hawkeye isn't that good and Avengers is nothing compared to the Hunger Games so:GO KATNISS!!!!

      • Tori says:

        Hawkeye isn't that good? In the Marvel world he's the single greatest archer in existence. Come back and reply after your 14th birthday.

      • Oliver Queen says:

        Guys, calm down. Green Arrow beats them all, so why even argue?

      • Ella says:

        HEY!!! Chill! Archers in general are super awesome. So find something else to argue about. Your acting like Twilight fans!!!

  2. Savas says:

    And Red Arrow/Speedy & Artemis on Young Justice–both of whom are my nephew's favorite.

  3. Wes says:

    I was about to post a really good comment… but then I took an arrow in the knee.

  4. @leftforever says:

    I wasn't big on the character in Season 1, but Darryl of The Walking Dead grew on me in Season 2. He's awesome!

  5. Liz says:

    Hi where can you buy the comics or books about "Arrow" in New Zealand?
    Thanks

  6. Beatle Bob says:

    Speaking about "Arrow" the show features actress Jessica De Gouw as the Helena Bertinelli version of the Huntress. Helena Bertinelli, secretly known as the vigilante the Huntress

    Her arsenal consists of a small sized crossbow mounted on either or both of her forearms. She is also a nimble gymnist who uses her cat-like skills to scale walls and roofs. She is also expert at martial arts.

    And how could you fail to mention Orlando Bloom was the actor who played Legolas in the Lord of the Rings films and the last two Hobbit films by Peter Jackson. A great archer, more skilled with his blades, and his agility is off the charts. Legolas doesn't miss. The only time I remember Legolas "missing" was when Gandalf broke the arrow, and when an arrow went through the King of the Dead. Legolas wins not by accuracy alone but being able to shoot first–he is faster to the draw.

    And instead of mentioning "Game Of Thrones" King Joffrey, a much better represntative from the series would have been that fierce warrior and expert archer Ygritte (Rosie Leslie) a much more ruthless, cunning and sexier archer than Katniss.

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