Posts Tagged ‘DC Universe’

ClandesTime 093 – The Pentagon and the Cinematic Universe

Published November 27th 2016

In less than 10 years Marvel has created the biggest money-making film franchise of all time with the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, this probably wouldn’t have been possible without the help of the Pentagon. In this episode we examine the rise of the MCU, the Pentagon’s involvement, and the fallout of their disagreements when making The Avengers. We round off looking at the creative implications of the cinematic universe becoming the new model for Hollywood.

Pentagon Production Assistance Agreements for Iron Man 1&2

Published November 17th 2016

The first two Iron Man movies are far more important to cinematic history than their daft scripts, super-arrogant star performer and cartoonish presentation might suggest. Between them they made over $1.2 billion worldwide and established the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which has since become the biggest film franchise of all time. This would not have been possible without the assistance of the US military, who recently released to me the production assistance agreements between them and Marvel Studios for Iron Man and Iron Man 2.

UN Make Wonder Woman an Ambassador

Published October 24th 2016

This isn’t just getting out of hand – it’s out of hand. You did not read this incorrectly, the United Nations have made Wonder Woman an honorary ambassador for the Empowerment of Women and Girls. Presumably that’s because the UN thinks that actually empowering women and girls is best associated with quasi-feminist fantasies in comic books. Is this just a DC Studios marketing campaign? This is a bit of a rant.

Pentagon Production Assistance Agreement for Man of Steel

Published May 13th 2016

Sometimes the support of the DOD can improve a film. When the Pentagon provided Michael Bay with script notes and suggestions on Transformers III he ‘was very receptive to our notes and expressed his desire for us to “help (him) make it better.”’ However, Man of Steel was not so lucky. Whether in spite of or because of the Pentagon’s support it was hands down the worst Superman film of all time. After several rounds of FOIA requests I finally obtained the production assistance agreement between the Department of Defense and the producers of Man of Steel.

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