I hadn't thought of this but a friend mentioned that the poster reminded him of some of the images seen on TV from the Columbia shuttle disaster. did this strike a chord with any americans on the forum given that 2013 is the 10th anniversary of the disaster?
(a) It looks nothing like the Columbia disaster.
(b) It will strike a chord with no one, because that incident isn't engrained in the public conscious like the Challenger.
And on the original point: yeah, this is a complete rip-off of the Iron Man poster. The once invincible, now-tragic hero(es) plummeting in flames, and symbolically falling from grace. Welcome to the generic 2010s movie genre.
I'm seeing "rip off" being thrown around haphazardly. ANY style of poster can be seen as "ripping off" something else if you're going to go that route. The only thing they have in common is something falling from the sky. That is IT. There is absolutely no use or rhyme or reason to look it further than that.