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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