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The U.S. Department of Defense is Influencing and Supervising Select Blockbuster Films

The U.S. Department of Defense is Influencing and Supervising Select Blockbuster Films

Earlier in the month of August, Twitter user James Casey shared a long list of 410 films that the U.S. Department of Defense was involved in/with in some way. The list is gaining traction, and the world is becoming aware of the DOD's influence on certain action-heavy blockbusters.

  Image via U.S. Department of Defense

Image via U.S. Department of Defense

The list of films, allegedly obtained through a court order via the Freedom of Information Act, is full of films that needed "DOD assistance", whether that be shooting permits, airspace/flight assistance, or a combination of other factors.

At first glance, it makes sense that the DOD would have to be involved in select military blockbusters such as Air Force One and Top Gun, but after more conversation and criticism was raised, some were left to wonder just how far their influence extended. The Department of Defense helped develop and oversee these titles, some of which are even superhero blockbusters and films that are "apolitical", as Sorry to Bother You director and artist Boots Riley pointed out via Twitter. 

Most accounts on the platform are now under the belief that the Department of Defense and the Pentagon are overseeing specific movies to make sure that the military and the armed forces are seen in a "positive light" in our movies. They are actively censoring and changing art for their own public image, and that is a dangerous sentiment.

  Image via Marvel Studios and The Ace Back Blog

Image via Marvel Studios and The Ace Back Blog

However, certain former employees with inside information as to why the DOD oversees these films are claiming that its usually for authenticity in cinema, and to make sure that no classified material is shown. 

Some are now left to believe that the Defense Department is only involved in films with military assets/military-related storylines and just like to oversee things, but others are suspicious of the government's role in film creation, and if there is more to them meddling in films like Iron Man and Transformers.

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