I'm not the kind of person who watches something for the actions sequences. So I don't watch Arrow just to see Oliver Queen kick butt.
That said, there is nothing at all wrong with the various stunts we get to see on the new CW superhero show. Those stunts are, in fact, quite awesome. Want to know how they are done? Check out these videos highlighting the stunts and stunt team of Arrow.
The first of the Arrow
videos is an introduction to an entire series meant to highlight the excellent stunt work created for the show. Check it out below:
There aren't many details given in this first video -- meant as a general overview for the stunt highlights to come -- but we do learn a couple of interesting things.
- If you wondered whether or not Stephen Amell (Oliver Queen) did his own stunts, the partial answer may be here -- he does do at least some of them. Even in the rehearsals meant to develop the final stunt sequences.
- Everyone on Arrow loves the stunts. Even if they don't do many themselves -- see Colin Donnell's praise, even though his stunt work thus far has pretty much consisted of getting knocked out in the pilot episode.
- It's cool that they choreograph and film all of the action sequences -- using the stunt doubles and/or the actors -- before anything final gets made.
- I would imagine it's hard to act well when throughout punches and stuff.
The second Arrow
stunt video focuses more closely on a specific stunt: a chair fight.
- By chair fight, they mean the fight that occurs in the pilot episode after Oliver and Tommy were kidnapped by thugs. While Tommy remains knocked out, Oliver proceeds to destroy his various assailants.
- You mean they don't use a real bow and arrow during the rehearsals? I feel so cheated! Also, not surprised, since that would be bad.
- The Arrow fight designer has the nickname "Bam Bam." This may be the greatest thing that has ever been.
- The amount of planning that had to go into all of Oliver's kills is impressive.
- Whoa. There's a real, "practical" neck break that people know how to do? I'm a little scared of Bam Bam right now.
- It's apparently dangerous to be in fight scenes with Stephen Amell.
Arrow airs Wednesdays at 8pm on The CW.
Do you like the stunt work on Arrow? Are stunts and action sequences a major reason you watch? Did anything in the video surprise you? Let us know your thoughts and opinions in the comments section below!
(Images and videos courtesy of The CW)