The Fifth Element director Luc Besson really doesn’t like superhero films as he admits he is “totally tired” of them. During an interview with CinePOP, the French filmmaker spoke of his decreasing interest in comic-book films and in particularly Captain America’s tactless “propaganda”:
“Totally tired of it. I mean, 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. But 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 normal. I’m not here for propaganda, I’m here to tell a story.” he said.
“Totally tired of [superhero films]. They always show the supremacy of America. I’m not here for propaganda.”
Besson’s recent sci-fi Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets flopped in America, so maybe he’s partly taking his anger out on that! Read our review of the film below: