Even Word OF God
is trivia. If it's not used in actual storytelling, then its not a trope. People randomly declaring things in a jokey manner does not a Shared Universe
make. The Gi Joe The Rise Of Cobra
example was neither Word of God
nor "characters can cross over". It was "an actor in a minor role made a joke" and "the novelization made vague references to something that made people think of the Transformers
films". No crossovers happen, and actually contradictory to something more resembling Word of God
Why would we go by some random thing said in an interview that may have been a joke, and not even vaguely part of the storytelling? Seriously, I actually asked about this on a other forum, and the reply was:
Brenden Frazer did say in an interview or two that his Joe and Mummy characters were related. However, IIRC this seemed to be something that Somers just kind of decided as a little off-the-record fantasy nod. To take it as gospel/make it part of the canon would be an EXTREME reach.
As for the TF/Joe connection... being Hasbro properties, I find a meta-reference much more likely than actually being in the same universe. Assuming for a moment that a few TF vehicles did show up, sometimes an Easter egg is just an Easter egg. A couple of cars in the background of a shot does not actually invoke all this connection that's being drawn.
In other words, it sounds like a couple of in-jokes are being turned into something they aren't.
And this applies to any time non-serious meta-references are made. If a phone booth appears as minor background detail in a setting where such a thing shouldn't exist (like say, the middle ages), that would more likely mean that somebody wanted to make a little reference, not that the work in question was actually related to Doctor Who
While this applies to the live-action Joe and Transformers films, the 1980s Transformers
and G.I. Joe
(both comics and cartoon) really did
have crossovers. So they have something more to go on.
edited 29th Mar '12 10:18:09 PM by ThatHuman