That headline may be surprising to many sci-fi fans. Luc Besson, the brilliant, visionary director behind films like Leon: The Professional, La Femme Nikita, The Fifth Element, Lucy, and the recent release Valerian (based on a popular French comic book) doesn't like superhero movies.
"It’s very hard for me to identify with a superhero because he has a superpower, and I don’t have a superpower," Besson told BleedingCool.com. "All I can see is his power and say ‘Oh, thank you so much for saving my life, me, poor little human being.’ I don’t like this relationship. I can't identify with the guy, I’m not like him."
Okay, not too bad. He has a good reason behind his dislike. But then he talks to ComicBookMovie.com about Captain America and ... well ... see for yourself:
“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.”
I think Besson misses the point of Captain America (and apparently forgot there actually is a Captain Britian). Maybe it's because I am an American, or because the Captain America mythology is something I have been familiar with since I was a child, but simply calling a book or film Captain America (which seems to be the point he is making) is not propaganda. An argument could be made for the content of the story, but Besson draws a correlation only to the title. Cap stands for American ideals, and if you dig into the canon, that concept has been used to tell some very deep and nuanced stories.
What do you guys think? Is Besson missing the point of Captain America (and superhero movies in general), or onto something?
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