Luc Besson Bashes Superhero Films, Captain America & United States

luc besson captain america

French director Luc Besson (he’s the guy behind Leon: The Professional, The Fifth Element, Lucy, and this year’s mega-flop Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets) decided he didn’t want to make any new friends in a recent interview.

In fact, Besson had some harsh things to say about superhero movies, Captain America, and the United States.

When asked if he was tired of superhero flicks, Besson had this to say to Cine Pop:

“Totally tired of it. Totally. I mean it was great ten years ago when we [saw] the first Spider-Man and Iron Man. Now it’s like number five, six, seven. There’s superheroes working with another superhero, but it’s not the same family. I’m lost. But what bothers me most is that 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, we can’t do that.’ They can. They call it ‘Captain America’ [laughter]. And everybody thinks it’s normal. So I’m not here for propaganda, I’m here to tell a story.”

Well, in the interest not making any enemies myself, I’ll let you make what you will of that quote.

I will say this – could Besson simply just be salty about Valerian being the biggest Box Office disaster of the year? Hmmm…

So what do you think about Besson’s comments? Sound off below!

  • Barry Takacss

    well there is a Captain Britain in the Marvel universe, there is an Irish hero, a Jewish hero (both women) and for some reason both dc and marvel have been trying to sell us on the idea of a muslim hero, but no one is buying that b s

  • Guilherme Frank II

    I keep asking what was “Lucy” about. American girl getting superpowers? Oh, ok…

    Luckily no one is forcing him to watch anything.

  • Lanre Amoo

    Movie goers are not complaining and their opinions are more valuable than his

  • Tony Scharf

    I saw Valerian the other night.

    Remember that time your dog ate a box of crayons and then the next day went in the back yard and took an amazingly colorful dump?

    Valerian was Luc Besson’s most colorful dump possible.

  • Sterling Archer

    This guy destroyed his career by making a $200 million movie from source material that nobody outside of France was familiar with, with characters that are empty shells that you couldn’t become invested in, starring two lead actors who couldn’t carry a film like this even if it had handles, now he’s ticked off and somehow it’s the United States of America’s fault because we have a super hero that takes our country’s name? Dude, what did you think was going to happen?