As more and more comic books burst to life on the big screen, the action, storylines, and casts are only getting bigger and bigger. As a result, some of the simple mistakes and errors that would normally be caught in editing are slipping through more than ever. And as audience grow more and more excited to see their favorite heroes on screen, some massive mistakes have gone completely unnoticed.
Here is our list of 10 Mistakes You Missed in Superhero Movies.
Man of Steel – Zod’s Clock
Although Clark Kent spent his entire life keeping his alien heritage a secret from the world in Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel, General Zod spills his secret to every corner of the world. When the Kryptonian first arrives at Earth, he broadcasts a message in multiple languages around the globe, telling people in America and Asia that “they are not alone.” Seeing people huddled around their campfires or TVs, and learning that an alien lives among them is a powerful image, but all the scenes being set at night, no matter which side of the planet they’re on doesn’t quite add up. Since the message of the scene is to unite all of Earth in fear, fans will likely be willing to overlook it.
Batman Begins – Turned Around Tumbler
Christopher Nolan isn’t afraid of leaving a few errors in his films since the thrills or twists they bring with them are usually worth it in the end. In the case of his re-imagined Batman, the director bet that audiences would be too thrilled to see the new Dark Knight in action – along with his signature set of wheels – to notice a few major mistakes. During Bruce’s first test drive of the camo-patterned Tumbler, he brings the vehicle to a dramatic stop with a sudden slide. But a closer look reveals that Bruce turns the wheel hard left to stop, while the car ends up sending the car sliding to the right before stopping instead – making eagle-eyed viewers wonder just how difficult the vehicle must be to pilot.
Batman Begins – Crowded Chase
When Batman finally takes his new Tumbler into the field, a Gotham City Police pursuit has him cornered atop a large parking structure. With cops swarming, Nolan clearly hoped audiences would be too excited or caught up to notice the massive group of crew members and camera men on set, completely exposed by a police chopper’s searchlight. And he was probably right.
X2: X-Men United – Wolverine’s Weak Skull
When Wolverine and Rogue pay a visit to Bobby a.k.a. Iceman’s family in X2: X-Men United, the mutant’s brother calls the police, ambushing the entire group on the house’s front porch. A jumpy police officer drops Wolverine with a bullet to the head, taking the situation from bad to worse. Fans knew that Wolverine’s healing factor would bring him back to the fight in no time, but the actual shot doesn’t make much sense considering the nearly-invincible hero’s usual fighting skills.
The first question is how the bullet managed to lodge itself in his head in the first place: a skull made of indestructible Adamantium means the bullet should have glanced off harmlessly, instead embedding itself in the millimeter of skin on his forehead. Why he was knocked unconscious doesn’t make sense either. Despite making his claws and bones unbreakable, is the same metal useless at protecting his brain? Of course, there’s always the chance that the cop was firing Adamantium bullets – but that seems like a long shot.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier – Shield Logic
Once Steve Rogers finally starts to prepare for field work during the first Captain America, he stumbles upon a prototype of his famous vibranium shield. Described as “completely vibration resistant,” it succeeds in not deflecting bullets, but stopping them dead in their tracks. It isn’t just bullets, either. In The Avengers, its invulnerability is tested, stopping even Thor’s hammer, directing his godlike attack into a massive shockwave. Unfortunately, in the effort to make the Winter Soldier sequel a more grounded and realistic adventure, the strengths of Cap’s shield flew completely out the window. Not only was Steve able to use his shield to deflect bullets at his enemies, but kicks and punches were able to knock him around, and a single RPG sent him tumbling through the air.
X-Men: Days of Future Past – Shifting Pentagon
Considering just how much X-Men: Days of Future Past deals with time travel and re-writing history, plenty of inaccuracies can be explained away as slightly different in the alternate timeline – although we’re fairly certain that in all realities, the Pentagon is technically located in Arlington, Virginia, not Washington D.C. as the movie claims.
X-Men: Days of Future Past – Rogue Kitty
Most fans know that the original cut of the movie had the team of future X-Men seeking help from Rogue after an unconscious Wolverine mortally wounded Kitty Pryde. With Kitty’s health failing, Rogue was brought in to absorb her power, and take over. In the end Kitty was simply shown to tough it out in the finished version, but the filmmakers didn’t remove the previous storyline completely. When a wounded Magneto slides to the ground as the final battle reaches its conclusion, Kitty is supposed to be maintaining the link to the past, but can just be spotted slumped on the floor next to him.
Iron Man 3 – Extremis Measures
Not every Marvel fan was happy to see Tony Stark separated from his signature armor in Iron Man 3, but his gift for invention and careful planning showed he was a threat with or without his suit. Even so, the filmmakers may have turned a blind eye to a few mistaken details. The brilliant Doctor Maya Hansen threatening to inject a syringe carrying “1200 cc” – an amount equal to 1.2 litres – is an odd mistake for her character to make, but it wasn’t the movie’s only inaccuracy.
Iron Man 3 – Tennessee Express
Iron Man 3’s questionable math continues when Tony realizes his suit in Tennessee has finally been powered online, asking the henchmen on hand exactly what distance the armor pieces need to travel to reach him (832 miles). The suit bursts in just minutes later: a major problem once fans start doing the math. The payoff is worth it, but the idea that the pieces could travel around 7,000 mph proves comedy beat out actual physics in this case.
Thor – Identity Crisis
For all its action, the first Thor movie served to prove one point: that godly power was a gift, not a privilege, and that the Asgardian hero needed to learn some humility. He learned his lesson in the end, saving his father and kingdom from his brother’s betrayal. Once Loki was beaten, the would-be king chose to fall into a wormhole in space, eventually making his way to the villain Thanos, and back to Earth to fight The Avengers years later. But his family mourned him all the same, with Thor taking a private moment to tell Odin that he could never be as good a king as his father.
The sentiment is returned to at the end of Thor: The Dark World, when Odin asks Thor if he still believes that the father should rule, and not the son. It’s a subtle callback for the die-hard fans, but there’s one problem: the film ends by revealing that it isn’t Odin on the throne, but Loki in disguise. A slip-up on the writer’s part is likely to blame, since there’s no way Loki should know about the pair’s conversation as he was drifting through space. Some might argue he was eavesdropping from across the universe, but we like to think Loki has better ways to spend his time.
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