Today’s announcement about the new Ridley Scott “Robin Hood” film got us thinking around Splash Page HQ — what the heck ever happened to the “Green Arrow” movie?!
While DC pushes ahead with “Green Lantern” and “Jonah Hex” adaptations, there’s still no official word on “Super Max,” the supervillain prison caper featuring DC’s Emerald Archer, Oliver Queen. And what about some of the other comic book sharpshooters that have either had mild box office success or stayed out of theaters entirely? Is there a big-screen bullseye in their futures?
From bows and arrows to rifles and handguns, here’s a list of our favorite marksmen heroes in the comics world… and some of the deadliest snipers known to the paneled page.
GREEN ARROW: Oliver Queen is many things — a rich socialite, a womanizer, an occasional politician — but at the end of the day, he’s always on target. Ollie is the quintessential marksmen of comic book lore as Green Arrow, Star City’s friendly neighborhood Errol Flynn. Whether he’s against fellow bow-wielders or world-eating supervillains, this DC Comics superhero is the go-to guy when you want to hit a small target from miles away.
Actual & Potential Movie/TV Connections: “The Avengers”
Actual & Potential Movie/TV Connections: “Daredevil”
Actual & Potential Movie/TV Connections: “Suicide Squad”
Actual & Potential Movie/TV Connections: “Punisher: War Zone”
Actual & Potential Movie/TV Connections: “Preacher”
While there’s not enough room on this list for all the marksmen in comic book lore, we tip our hats to Arsenal/Red Arrow, Merlyn, Longshot and “Youngblood” leader Shaft — they’re just a few of the other eagle-eyed mothers you do not want to share a city with.
Who are some of your favorite archers, snipers and shooters in comics? Let us know in the comments section!