‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ Poster: Katniss Takes a Stand

Bryan Enk
Movie TalkMay 15, 2013

The first official poster for "The Hunger Games" sequel has been released, and not surprisingly it features our young heroine, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence), grimly assessing the treacherous landscape of "Catching Fire."

Katniss stands on the top of a cliff, her trademark bow and arrow in hand, indulging somewhat melancholy yet determined thoughts as illustrated by the text above her that reads "The Sun Persists in Rising, So I Make Myself Stand," which fans will recognize as a quote from Suzanne Collins' source novel. It's a majestic image, complete with a cloud shaped like the Mockingjay, which will become the symbol of the people's revolution in Panem.

Katniss is dressed more like a fashion model than a growing-ever-harder warrior, which makes one wonder just what kind of tone "Catching Fire" is going for. The book is a decidedly darker outing than its predecessor, though the poster and teaser trailer released last month suggest that director Francis Lawrence is taking a somewhat lighter action-adventure approach to the material as compared to Gary Ross' polished yet commendably grim interpretation of what is ultimately an astonishingly bleak story.

"Catching Fire" follows Katniss and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) as they embark on a "Victor's Tour" of Panem as the co-champions of the 74th Annual Hunger Games, set against the backdrop of a brewing revolution against the Capitol. They're soon back in harm's way as they're forced to participate in the 75th incarnation of the tournament, which pits past Hunger Games winners against each other.

"The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" hits theaters on November 22, just in time to balance your Thanksgiving with a little "Hunger."