Producers removed Taiwanese and Japanese flag patches from Maverick’s leather jacket in the “Top Gun” remake about to hit theaters, in what appears to be a concession to China.
In the trailer, Tom Cruise’s character Maverick is wearing the same leather jacket as in the original, but the Taiwanese and Japanese patches have been replaced with different patches that share the same color scheme. (RELATED: Trailer For ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Released)
Here’s a screenshot from the original “Top Gun”:
And from the trailer for “Top Gun 2: Maverick”:
Reporter Mark MacKinnon highlighted the switch Friday on Twitter, referring to the jacket as “Communist-Party of China approved,” and reported one of the main producers of the remake is a Chinese production company. (RELATED: Set Photos From ‘Top Gun 2’ Appear Online, Show F-14 Fighter Jet)
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
“‘Mystery’ solved,” he tweeted. “China’s Tencent Pictures is one of the main producers of Top Gun Maverick.”
The remake, once again starring Cruise, is slated to hit theaters June 26.