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.


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