It’s only a small detail, but eagle-eyed viewers of the recent “Top Gun: Maverick” first trailer have spotted something that has led to some raised eyebrows online.
The recent trailer sees Tom Cruise’s Maverick slipping into his iconic bomber jacket and Ray-Bans from the first film before hopping on a motorbike and doing a scene that reminded people of the original. There was, however, a subtle change.
Journalist and former Beijing-based correspondent Mark MacKinnon spotted that the flag patches on the back of Maverick’s iconic jacket had changed – or rather, two of them were specifically different. The flags for both Japan and Taiwan are gone, replaced by… something else. A comparison shot from the original film and from the new movie are below.
There’s a new Top Gun movie coming out. And Maverick is wearing the same leather jacket – only this time it’s Communist Party of China-approved, so the Japanese and Taiwanese flag patches are gone (screenshot on right is from the new trailer)… pic.twitter.com/gUxFNFNUKX
— Mark MacKinnon (@markmackinnon) July 19, 2019
MacKinnon later updated his Twitter response which solved the mystery – China’s Tencent Pictures is one of the main producers on the film which strongly suggests the changes were to make the movie more friendly to the Chinese market and censors by removing the flags for Japan and Taiwan. Cruise’s last film, “Mission: Impossible – Fallout,” made $181 million in China alone so the need to make a film that could potentially break out over there is understandably important.
“Top Gun: Maverick” opens June 26th 2020 and also stars Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm, Glen Powell, Ed Harris, Monica Barbaro, Manny Jacinto and Val Kilmer.