In this edition I look at two very similar films made about 15 years apart – The Rocketeer and Iron Man.  Both are military-assisted productions and after outlining their connections to the DOD and USAF I analyse their storylines to explain what they are saying about technological innovation and development in the real world.  I compare sequences from both movies to illustrate how in some ways they are identical, before reflecting on the reality of technological innovation and how it is deployed.

Sources:

The Rocketeer

Iron Man

DOD film list

US Air Force film list

US Air Force Entertainment Liaison Office trailer

When drones fall from the sky

FOI request – Contracts for “Iron Man” prototype suit