Japanese And Taiwanese Flags Removed From Maverick's Jacket In New Top Gun

Japanese And Taiwanese Flags Removed From Maverick's Jacket In New Top Gun”

The original jacket had patches of Japanese and Taiwanese flags but now only symbols in a similar colour scheme appear.

The day after the Top Gun: Maverick trailer debuted at SDCC 2019, columnist Mark MacKinnon shared a screen capture of the back of Maverick's coat from Top Gun and Maverick. BTW, we thought the trailer of Top Gun 2: Maverick was pretty cool and awesome. In the Top Gun photograph, MacKinnon calls attention to banners from Japan and Taiwan are plainly obvious. China is now the world's number two movie market, second only to the United States, and producers hoping for a big box office there are careful not to offend Chinese audiences.

Relations between Japan and China have always been fraught, with tensions rising in recent years over Beijing's South China Sea development, where it has reclaimed reefs and islands and built runways, hangars and missile systems.

Premiering at San Diego Comic Con, the first trailer for the long-awaited sequel showed Maverick donning his iconic bomber jacket, featuring a very different arrangement of patches compared to those that the character wore in Tony Scott's beloved 80s classic.

The New York Post report one possible explanation for the changes is that Top Gun: Maverick is partly produced by Chinese film distributor Tencent Pictures, according to the Japan Times.

Ward Carroll, a former F-14 Tomcat pilot said on Twitter that the original patches made zero sense in the first place, let alone the new patches being a legit topic for debate.

Whatever the reason for the change, "Top Gun: Maverick" has already got people talking. The movie directed by Joseph Kosinski is slated to release on June 20, 2020. He's content with his life as captain - even if, as his superior points out, he should be an admiral by now - and living on the edge.

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