Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets - WikipediaComic book adaptations are nothing new in this superhero-saturated age, but V alerian and the City of a Thousand Planets — starring Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne — is perhaps a more interesting choice of source material than most. The series was published over 43 years ago, and has been collected into 23 volumes. Perhaps to combat this, there seems to have been a marketing effort to familiarise audiences with the characters through the comics, as well as Trailers. The story starts in Galaxity, the capital of the Terran Empire in the 28th century. They are there to stop the mad scientist and megalomaniac Xombul from gaining control of a planet on the brink, in order to save the future as they know it. The pages are overburdened with text and exposition, which feels cumbersome in what should be a more visual medium; and the characters and backgrounds are sketchily drawn. These criticisms aside, what the introductory story does set up is an incredible world of almost limitless possibilities and imaginative landscapes.
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Besson independently crowd-sourced and personally funded the film. In the 28th century, due to cooperation between the Earth's countries beginning with the ASTP of and extraterrestrial peoples, the former International Space Station has been expanded until its mass threatens to cause it to fall out of orbit. Relocated to deep space using thrusters, it becomes Alpha, a space-traveling city inhabited by millions of species from thousands of planets. A special police division is created by the United Human Federation a world government formed by a federation of Earth's countries to preserve peace through the galaxy, including happy-go-lucky Major Valerian and his partner, no-nonsense Sergeant Laureline. They fish for pearls containing enormous amounts of energy, and use small animals to replicate them. Wreckage begins plummeting from the sky, followed by a huge spacecraft that falls and causes an explosion that annihilates every living being on the planet.
Attracted by a gathering, they discover that one of the Authorities, the strange masked soothsayers who, it is said are the real power on Syrte, is holding a consultation. Suddenly, in the middle of the session, the Authority notices the watch around Laureline's neck. He asks her what the watch is for. When she replies that it is to tell the time, the crowd erupts in laughter. They are transported to one of the Authority's temples. An Authority appears before them and asks if they are Terrans.