Crushable Quotable: David Fincher Says Lisbeth Salander Is Not A Superhero

We’ve entered the final three months until David Fincher‘s reimagining of Steig Larsson‘s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo comes to theaters, so expect the advertising to speed up. First up is Empire’s magazine cover with stars Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara. Empire is one of the publications that got to visit the set; they asked David to talk more about the series’ heroine Lisbeth Salander, and he was all too happy to kill some of the hype (or maybe increase it):

“There were discussions early on where people were like, ‘She’s a superhero!’ And you go, ‘No, she’s not. Superheroes live in a world of good and evil, and she’s far more complex than a superhero. She’s been compromised. She’s been subjugated. She’s been marginalised. She’s been swept into the gutter and she’s had a part in it. She dresses like trash because she’s someone who has been betrayed and hurt so badly, by forces beyond her control, that she’s just decided to be refuse. She can sit anywhere she wants on the bus, because nobody wants to deal with her.”

I’m not sure I entirely agree with this, because it makes Lisbeth sound like a victim. Scratch that—she is a victim, but it makes her sound more pathetic than she is. Then again, Rooney’s predecessor Noomi Rapace (star of the Swedish films) expertly embodied what Fincher is saying above, about how Lisbeth doesn’t give a fuck about people’s impressions of her.

It’s the “trash” part that makes me uncomfortable; in the wrong hands, that trait can be turned into Stockholm Syndrome and make for an antifeminist character. But then again, the point of these movies is to prod and challenge the audience, all to show us a true antihero.

You’ll be able to judge for yourself just how powerful Lisbeth is on December 21, 2011.

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