Star Wars has an extended historical past of drawing inspiration from different movies and TV exhibits. George Lucas famously discovered inspiration for C-3PO and R2-D2 from two characters within the Japanese movie The Hidden Fortress, whereas different parts and sequences have been drawn from Flash Gordon, The Searchers, Lawrence of Arabia, and The Dam Busters. These are only some of the numerous, many sources Lucas drew from, so it solely stands to cause that Rian Johnson did the identical when creating his personal film, Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Johnson revealed battering ram-like weapon utilized by The First Order was immediately impressed by a miniseries from his youth referred to as Masada.
This huge walled metropolis and the battering ram that the Romans have been constructing, to construct up, I simply bear in mind how terrifying that battering ram was. In order that’s truly the pull for me.
At one level in Star Wars: The Final Jedi, The First Order have mobilized some floor forces to storm the final stronghold of The Resistance. To get via the large metal door, The First Order wheels on this cylindrical cannon-like weapon that can hearth a robust laser beam into the door. It is dangerous information for The Resistance, and Rian Johnson took direct inspiration for this battering ram from, effectively, actual battering rams. Particularly, ones utilized by the Romans troopers of previous after they would storm fortresses, which served as inspiration for the sequence generally.
Rian Johnson informed IGN that he based mostly The First Order’s weapon was based mostly on the battering ram he noticed the Romans use within the 1981 miniseries, Masada. The miniseries was a fictional recount of the historic siege of the Masada citadel in Israel by legions of the Roman Empire. The siege tragically resulted in a mass suicide, when the Romans stormed the citadel solely to find that the defenders had all killed themselves after a Roman victory grew to become imminent. I do not thoughts spoiling that this is not how The Final Jedi ends, however enemy forces attacking a walled-in final protection definitely matches the invoice for the film’s climactic sequence.
You’ll be able to very briefly see this battering ram in use throughout this business for the unique broadcast of Masada. You actually can discover something on YouTube.