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Trivia: The film's first trailer - in particular the design chosen for Sonic - was so poorly received, that the director confirmed on Twitter two days later that the studio was committed to changing the design to quell the backlash.


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Trivia: Samuel Jackson spotted that the eye patch his character wears in the movie switched eyes in the promotional posters announcing the movie in Los Angeles.

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Trivia: Billy's father is named CC Batson as a reference to CC Beck, co creator of Shazam.


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Trivia: The "old gangster movie" that's on the TV in Harry's apartment is the fictional movie "Angels with Filthy Souls," which was seen in the movie "Home Alone." The director wanted a detective movie for the scene, and said: "We needed something and I hadn’t figured out what I was going to put on that TV yet...Just as a laugh, we got the movie that they shot for Home Alone off of YouTube...We could never beat it!"


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Trivia: The first Marvel film released after Stan Lee's death. In tribute, the usual opening ident, which has the comic book characters in the Marvel Studios logo, instead shows multiple images of Stan Lee.

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Trivia: The third act was completely changed after reshoots. The final battle originally took place in space, and was then relocated to a train.

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Trivia: When Roy McBride is reviewing a top-secret message regarding his father and the LIMA mission, the message filename is "6EQUJ5," which is a very obscure easter egg in the movie. The filename 6EQUJ5 refers to the real-life "WOW Signal," a deep space radio signal received by the Big Ear radio telescope at Ohio State University in 1977. The alpha-numeric designation "6EQUJ5" was a printed readout of the signal's duration and intensity. This signal lasted 72 seconds and was 20 times stronger than background radio noise, causing a surprised astronomer to circle the printed 6EQUJ5 readout in red ink and make the handwritten notation "WOW!" in the margin. While the signal was an anomalous one-time event that was never repeated, and there is still no proof that 6EQUJ5 was alien in origin, it has stimulated debate about extraterrestrial radio signals for decades. Ironically, the movie "Ad Astra" concludes that there are no alien radio signals and that we really are alone in the universe.

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Trivia: Original "Hellboy" film series director Guillermo del Toro tried for nearly ten years to get a third film made in the series. However, due to a variety of circumstances, including budgetary concerns, his original vision for the third film was unable to be made. This movie was then written by series creator Mike Mignola and writer Andrew Crosby, with the intention of following on from the first two films. However, del Toro and original star Ron Perlman declined to be involved, feeling they should not make the film as it wouldn't pay off the storylines set up by the first two movies. Mignola and the producers then decided that rather than trying to make a direct sequel to the first two films without del Toro and Perlman, it should be rewritten to be a stand-alone reboot. References to the other films (and certain characters like Abe Sapien and Liz Sherman) were removed, and replaced with new concepts to set it apart from what came before.

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Trivia: If you watch the entire film, at the end you'll see newspaper clippings and a conspiracy theorist mention costumed threats and super-beings-one was already in the film Super and the others are meant to appear in an anticipated sequel.

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Trivia: This is the only movie in the series besides Terminator 3 where Kyle Reese is not seen or mentioned. Coincidentally, both T3 and Dark Fate feature a Terminator that killed John Connor, albeit in different timelines.

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Trivia: Seeing the "In God We Trust" sign on the classroom wall of a public school might lead some to question its Constitutionality, but it has been the National motto since the 1950s. Post-9/11, some states started REQUIRING the motto be posted in public places, including public schools beginning the 2019-20 academic year. (00:06:20)


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Trivia: After the police arrived, Hayley told Sarah, "It is not my fault my parents put a LoJack in my car." LoJack is a high-tech GPS system and theft recovery device that can pinpoint a car's exact location. LoJack ended sales in the U.S. in 2021 (will not accept any new orders but will continue to service existing connected vehicles). (00:41:50)


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Trivia: References to the game series include: Weapons: the BFG 9000, shotgun and chainsaw Characters: John Carmack (co-creator and former lead programmer of the series), Malcolm Betruger (Doom 3's antagonist) and the ship's AI Daisy (the name of protagonist Doomguy's pet rabbit) Enemies: zombified humans, the fireball hurling creatures (called imps in the game) Quotes: "I'm too young to die", "ultra nightmare" (the easiest and hardest difficulty settings respectively) Additionally, the name William J Blazkowicz is a reference to William Joseph "B. J." Blazkowicz, the protagonist of the Wolfenstein series starting with Wolfenstein 3D, the game that Id Software created prior to releasing the first Doom game.


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