Unbeknownst to us, with Iron Sky (2012) we somehow managed to lay down some quite accurate predictions of the future of 2018. A long time ago in a sauna far, far away Jarmo came up with an idea about a film where the Nazis would come back from the Dark Side of the Moon and try to take over the world. Back then it was a joke for us, but as we started to sketch out the story, we saw the potential for quite some socio-political commentary… But never in a million years we would’ve believed to have predicted the future as accurately as we had. We thought what we wrote would be the worst case scenario – but little did we know, we were surprisingly correct at least with few key elements:
POTUS: In 2018 the US has an incompetent president who isn’t interested in governing, but likes winning, making rousing speeches and has a campaign that liberally borrows from Nazis.
PRESIDENT’S CAMPAIGN MANAGER: President’s closest advisor is Vivian Wagner. Like Jarvanka (Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump) she is her campaign manager (Jared) and a former fashion designer (Ivanka). Bonus: Vivian and Jared both own a skyscraper in New York.
A NAZI IN THE WHITE HOUSE: That would make Klaus Steve Bannon. An actual Nazi that is brought on to make the president more popular, but ends up ousted and becomes Vivian’s worst enemy. (Bonus: Klaus becomes the acting leader of the Nazi Moonbase. Steve Bannon was once the acting director of Biosphere 2, a self-contained ecosystem built in Arizona as a test bed for future space colonies.)
THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE: The only serious adult in the president’s administration is the secretary of defense, just like Jim “Mad Dog” Mattis here on real Earth. (Bonus: in the earlier drafts we had a character called “Mad Dog” who was a TV star, but he got cut and rolled into Vivian. The real Mad Dog was also a character in HBOs Generation Kill.)
NORTH KOREA: In 2018, North Korea is claiming to have enough rocket technology to threaten USA, a bit like in Iron Sky, where they claim the attacking Nazi UFOs are their property (built by their great leader himself). And just like in the film, everyone mostly laughed at their crappy tech (which apparently ended blowing up and ending their whole nuclear program earlier this year).
Not only that, but just like in Iron Sky, but North Korea is suddenly regarded high enough to enter the same negotiation table with USA. Now that is science fiction as hell – and, by the way, Kim himself seems to have commented this, making a vague Iron Sky reference, too. Hard to say if intentional, but he is known to be a movie buff…
SPACE FORCE: …and it turns out Trump is actually planning his own “Space Force”, not unlike the plans the US president had in Iron Sky with the reveal of the glorious spaceship U.S.S. George W. Bush… followed almost immediately by the rest of the world (except, well, Finland) coming out with their own secret projects. Not sure if Trump just watched Iron Sky and thought: “what a great documentary, I’ll be able to match that no problem”.
MOON FLAG: The Moon Flag has also made its’ reappearance in the US politics, a bit like it did in the film. In Iron Sky, The President challenged the world leaders on the ownership of the Moon, since, well, there is the Stars and Stripes -flag on it. In 2018, real world, president Trump has made the fact that the filmmaker who made the upcoming movie First Man didn’t show the flag-planting scene in it, a matter of national disgrace.
SKY OF IRON: As a bonus, it turns out even the name we thought to be just a poetic riff, is real. For us “Iron Sky” meant that there’s so much war machine made of iron in the sky it seems like the whole sky is made of iron. Well, turns out the scientists have recently discovered that there actually exists a planet with an iron sky, only 620 light years away.
But hey, at least everything isn’t correct.
Earth isn’t (yet) destroyed in a nuclear war.
And yeah, let’s all hope we don’t hit this close to target with Iron Sky The Coming Race… You’ll know soon, why.
Thanks Jarmo Puskala for the main text