We Think Katniss Is a True Hero No Matter What Her 'Mockingjay' Director Says

katniss everdeenIf you're a Hunger Games fan -- or even if you've ever seen anything about the movies at all -- you probably think of Katniss Everdeen as something of a superhero. After all, she's the fierce and fiery face of a revolution! But it turns out the director of Mockingjay: Part 2 disagrees with his audience when it comes to his main character's nature.

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Francis Lawrence, who directed all of the Hunger Games movies except for the first, revealed in an interview with the Huffington Post that he considers Katniss to be "a bit of the anti-superhero." 

"If you look at how they try to portray her in propaganda in the movies, they try and portray her as a superhero," Lawrence said. "But the truth is, she’s actually not." Instead, he continued, she's "actually a very lonely, damaged girl who really just wanted to save her sister and save her mother."

"She doesn’t want to be a symbol. She doesn’t want to lead," he said. "And she has no special powers -- she’s good with a bow and arrow, but I mean, come on, in most circumstances of war, what’s that going to do?"

Well, yeah, but she is a pretty badass fighter, dude. I think, though, that this discrepancy comes down to semantics. If one is defining superhero strictly as a comic book–type character with the power of flight or some crazy sci-fi costume or morphing capabilities, then, no, Katniss is not a superhero. But if you're defining antihero in the classic sense (think Robert DeNiro's Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver or Heath Ledger's Joker in The Dark Knight), she doesn't quite fit the bill either. An "antihero" is defined as:

a protagonist who lacks the attributes that make a heroic figure, as nobility of mind and spirit, a life or attitude marked by action or purpose, and the like.

Katniss is known for her nobility of mind and spirit, and her life is most certainly marked by action and purpose. Lawrence is right when he says that Katniss doesn't want to be a symbol -- she doesn't. She doesn't want to lead. But she finds the courage and strength to do it anyway -- and isn't that pretty heroic in and of itself?

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No, Katniss isn't perfect, but she's clearly fighting on the side of good. Essentially, she has the moral compass of a hero, but she's flawed and scared like the rest of us.

Perhaps a more accurate description for Katniss would be a "reluctant superhero," or even just plain "hero" (no need to tack on the "super" to get the point across). Who needs a cape when you've got a bow and arrow?


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