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The board game:

  • Cash Cow Franchise: There have been countless variations of Battleship over the years, including a vaguely realistic fleet-based RTS (Simply packaged under the name Battleship), a vehicular combat game (Battleship: Surface Thunder), and the latest version of half Naval Ops, half Call of Duty (more of a tie in with the movie with little else in common with the classic game). The most popular remains "Two people with five ships shout/punch in numbers and reply with 'hit' or 'miss'," which also tends to come packaged (with minor variations) with many of the Battleship spinoffs.
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  • Follow the Leader: Besides the original version, there's a lot of clones of this game, physical or computer versions.
  • Technology Marches On: There're versions out there where the aircraft carrier figure has an angled deck as modern ones and change the name of the ships -the battleship is now a cruiser, the cruiser a destroyer, and the destroyer a minesweeper/corvette-, as battleships are no longer in service in any navy.

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The film:

  • Backed by the Pentagon: The film was shot on several US Navy warships, with active and retired military personnel both in front of and behind the camera.
  • Box Office Bomb: Budget, $220 million. Box office, $65 million (domestic), $302.8 million (worldwide). As with Taylor Kitsch's other would-be blockbuster that year, John Carter, it was one of the big bombs of summer 2012, with Universal Studios posting a loss totaling over $100 million on the production. Coming just two weeks after the mega-hit that is the The Avengers didn't help matters.
  • Cast the Expert: Former Navy personnel who served on the USS Missouri were cast as extras in the film. However, the ship hasn't moved under its own power since its 1992 decommission.
  • Disabled Character, Disabled Actor: Gregory D. Gadson (who plays Lt. Colonel Mick Canales) had no acting experience prior and was cast due to being a double amputee combat veteran.
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  • Fake American: Liam Neeson (Irish), Taylor Kitsch (Canadian), Alexander Skarsgard (Swedish), Rihanna (Barbadian), and John Tui (New Zealander).
  • Fan Nickname: Due to their prominence in this movie, many members of the Navy have given the movie the nickname "Shipmates and Aliens".
  • Recursive Adaptation: The film adaptation of the board game was also turned into a board game.
  • Star-Derailing Role:
  • What Could Have Been:
    • If Unit:E had managed to launch, the crew of the ISN Everest from the Battleship Galaxies game would've fought alongside many other Hasbro heroes.
    • Jeremy Renner was originally set to star, but dropped out.

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