Director Luc Besson slams Captain America as propaganda

Luc Besson Captain America
French director Luc Besson, known for such films as The Professional, The Fifth Element, and Valerian, recently slammed Captain America as American propaganda.

During an interview with Cinepop, Besson was asked if he was tired of superhero films overwhelming the box office. He responded by saying:

“Totally. It was great 10 years ago when we see the first Spider-Man and Iron Man. But now, it’s like number five, six, seven; the superhero is working with another superhero, but it’s not the same family. I’m lost.”

He then continued:

“What bothers me most is it’s always here to show the supremacy of America and how they are great. I mean, which country in the world would have the guts to call a film Captain Brazil or Captain France? I mean, no one! We would be like so ashamed and say, ‘No, no, come on, we can’t do that.’ They can. They can call it Captain America and everybody think it’s normal. I’m not here for propaganda, I’m here to tell a story.”

I wonder if this well-known director has ever heard of a little Marvel film coming out called Black Panther? The title character is a superhero who protects his own country of Wakanda. There are also other American-created characters that are the protectors of their countries like Captain Britain. (The question is would Marvel ever produce a live-action film or series out of it?)

Captain America: Civil War still holds a 90% on Rotten Tomatoes since its release a year ago. Luc Busson’s current film, Valerian, which he wrote and directed, is holding a 51%. Valerian is already considered a big-budget flop, having made under $35 million on a $177 million budget not including marketing. Although the director might be tired of it, he’s going to be even more tired after Avengers: Infinity War takes over the box office.

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  • Achirae

    Why yes, Captain American IS propaganda. Has been since 1941! I like Luc Besson’s work, but this comes off as rather ignorant. Just because you can’t follow the story, doesn’t mean it’s not there. Don’t like the American propaganda? Guess what, Americans have been all about their propaganda from day 1. Don’t like it? Then it’s your challenge to come up with an answer to it, not rag on a successful film path that, let’s face it, has been far too long in getting here.

  • Green Dragon

    Funny, people around the world love Cap’s movies. Steve Rogers represents our IDEALS not the policies of any given administration. And people from around the world have loved our ideals so much that we have had people willing to die to get here, to give their children the advantages of living here.
    He stands for: doing the right thing, even when it is hard, even when everyone is against you. He stands for protecting those who can not defend themselves. He stands for encouraging others to be their best.
    None of these qualities are inherently American. And that is why the movies have done so well worldwide.

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  • drag0novr9000

    Valerian is already considered a big-budget flop

    Most great movies were considered a flop when they came out. Labyrinth, Scott Pilgrim vs the world… etc. I for one thought this was a great movie. It was hard to find it in theaters here and I would guess that is why it didn’t make as much money. I couldn’t find it in Imax anywhere here and that was the format that it was made for. Don’t slam a movie if you haven’t seen it. As far Captain America,he was wrong to call it what he did, but you know what they say about options

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