It will be released in theaters next March. BatmanDirected by Matt Reeves and starring Robert Pattinson as Bruce Wayne. In 2022, also produced by DC Entertainment, it will also be released sparkled And the bat girl. Aside from being films produced by the subsidiary of Warner Bros, what do American superhero films have in common? Answer: The Pentagon. In fact, the US military is an active producer of a very long list of filmsand not only: TV showsAnd the Software And the TV shows They are carefully reviewed and modified in accordance with Department of Defense (DoD) requirements.

In 2013, thanks to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request from Stephen Underhill, it was a very long report. existing For media products in which the Department of Defense played a leading role. If it is not surprising to find on the list of war films, where advice from the military sector is understandable, then it is strange to find films, programs and shows of all kinds: King Kong, Hawaii Five-O, America’s Got Talent, Oprah, Jay Leno, Cupcake Wars, Iron Man, Hulk, TransformersAnd the Jurassic Park 3 These are just a few of the productions in which the Pentagon has played an active role. Document Review Tom Secker and Matthew Alford, authors of the book National Security Cinema, tell how the Department of Defense worked to produce approximately 800 movies and over 1000 TV shows. Ordinary people in authoritarian countries often realize that they are watching there Advertising for the government. However, Western audiences in general don’t realize that when they look at it, it’s a modified version of the same phenomenon, he explained to Tom Seeker.

The authors explain that writers and producers go to the Pentagon to claim access to military resources to make their product, and then must submit their script to the Entertainment Control Liaison Offices. If there are any characters, actions, or dialogue that the Department of Defense disagrees with, the director must make changes to meet the military’s requirements.. If they refuse, the Pentagon packs up its toys (see: Bases, ships, planes, helicopters, trained personnel, and various technologies) and goes home. To get full cooperation, producers must sign contracts — production assistance agreements — that bar them in case the military doesn’t approve the script.

Phil Straub has been the Pentagon’s liaison officer in Hollywood for over 25 years. In other words, he was the one with the final say in film and television productions. His name appears at the end of several films, on a list of people the producers would like to thank, including Transformers: Vengeance of the Fallen, Lone Survivor, Iron Man, Perfect Storm, The Day the Earth Stands stillas well as on TV shows like bones and 24. strobe Tell Like the Transformers, and its sequel, Revenge of the Fallen, all branches of military service have been used: endless Bases, missile ranges, combat squadrons and aircraft carriers.

Roger Stahl, director theaters of war (2018), featuring a panel of industry researchers, veterans, PR executives and producers ready to talk. In disturbing detail, theaters of war tell how Department of Defensewith its various agencies, Pushing Official Accounts of Facts in Systematic Liquidation of War Crimes, Corruption, Racism, Sexual Assault, Coups, Murder and Torture Texts.

“The Army has been around since Hollywood was built from the valleys and deserts of Los Angeles,” said Todd Presley, a retired Army officer. The relationship goes back to the turn of the 20th century, right from the start, but strengthened in 1927 – the year the Oscars were created – with the production of the silent film Wings, starring Clara Bow: more than 3,000 infantrymen also appeared as extras. as military pilots and USAF aircraft; It won its first Best Picture Oscar.

Lawrence Swedenauthor The Making of the American Military Image in FilmExplain how World War II created a greater intermingling of the American film industry and the military sector. Aim for the starsReleased in 1960, it is in great demand by the Pentagon: the film tells the story of Wernher von Braun, the engineer who developed the missile program for Nazi Germany and who, at the end of the war, will become the head of NASA; He was to be portrayed as an American hero.

The US government’s control over Hollywood is evident, including the ability to manipulate scripts or even block productions of highly Pentagon-critical films – not to mention the impact on some of Hollywood’s most popular film franchises. these last years. This raises new questions not only about how censorship works in the modern entertainment industry, but also about Hollywood’s little-known role as a propaganda machine for America’s national security apparatus.

[di Michele Manfrin]