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Trivial Pursuits

31 Dispensable Pieces of Superhero Movie Trivia Collected for Posterity on the Internet Movie Database 

From its humble Usenet beginnings, the Internet Movie Database has informed and delighted millions of film and TV fans, especially those of us who tend to say “Hey, it’s that guy! What else has he been in?” while watching a show.

Part of the site’s appeal is the huge amount of information it offers on pretty much every movie you can think of, from cast and crew credits to filming locations and lists of awards and production goofs.

There there are the trivia pages, those magical places where fans of any particular film can submit all kinds of trivia about actors who turned down roles in that film, shout-outs to other films and pieces of pop culture within the script, behind-the-scenes snippets about how the film got made, and other interesting tidbits.

And then there’s the weirder stuff that stretches the definition of “interesting” by just a little bit…

(Also? In French Canada, the title “Batman Forever” translates to “merde sur un bâton.”)
1. In the French-Canadian version, the Riddler is called Le Sphinx.

Batman Forever (1995)

(The more you know…)
2. Although “space rabies” does not exist (Howard used it to scare Beverly’s management into paying the band), in real life mammals and birds can spread rabies.

Howard the Duck (1986)

(Plus, they were both big into eating fish. There’s that, too.)
3. The Penguin’s age of death is the same age as Jesus’s death.

Batman Returns (1992)

(Ohhhhhh, NOW I get it!)
4. The film’s subtitle is a reference to the Justice League.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)

(Also? Ben Affleck starred in Jersey Girl the following year, the “Jersey” part of the title being a reference to New Jersey, the state where the legendary Jersey Devil is believed to exist and Affleck played Daredevil in this movie and MY GOD WE’RE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS, PEOPLE!)
5. It is rather coincidental that the one detective asked for his S.W.A.T. team while Daredevil and Bullseye were fighting in the church because Colin Farrell (Bullseye) starred in the movie S.W.A.T., which was theatrically released this same year.

Daredevil (2003)

(Dammit, they cracked the secret code.)
6. The ‘N’ in the gates of Elektra’s mansion stands for “Natchios,” which is Elektra’s last name in the comic books and in Daredevil (2003).

Elektra (2005)

(Yes, that is in fact what “cosmic” means.” Also, the first letters of the other songs in the soundtrack combine to form the words “FIE HAG,” which is clearly a message to someone. But who? WHO…???) 
7. The first letters of exactly half of the titles on the soundtrack anagram to “comics” or “cosmic.” Marvel often uses the word “cosmic” when referring to events that take place away from Earth.

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

(Whoa there, pal. Let’s not jump to any crazy conclusions.)
8. Neville’s comment about the rocket pack being just “like the comic books” could be a reference to the fact that the movie itself was based on a comic book by Dave Stevens.

The Rocketeer (1991)

(Hey, are you someone looking for an activity that lasts exactly seven minutes? Then have we got the perfect thing for you!)
9. The closing credits run for seven minutes.

X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)

(Boy, I hope someone got fired for that blunder, Part I)
10. In this film, the highest ranking judge in Mega City One holds the title “Chief Justice,” in the comics it is “Chief Judge.”

Judge Dredd (1995)

(Boy, I hope someone got fired for that blunder, Part II)
11. In the comic books, The Penguin’s name is traditionally Oswald Chesterfield Cobblepot. In the movie, Oswald Cobblepot is mentioned several times, but the middle name is left out.

Batman Returns (1992)

(Doesn’t sound like torture for the lucky lady assigned to that job, amirite ladies? Ladies…?)
12. Dolph Lundgren was so sweaty in the torture scene that his body had to be constantly wiped.

The Punisher (1989)

(“Make that eight — no, wait, that’s more of an anguished grunt. Wait, was he aroused when he made that noise? Does it count if he was?”)
13. Hector Hammond screams seven times throughout the movie.

Green Lantern (2011)

(And escalators? Man, you do not want to get him excited about escalators.)
14. This film marks Otis’ second predisposition with ladders. In Superman (1978), he operated a bookcase stepladder for Luthor’s personal library. In Superman II (1980), he spots a rope-and-plank ladder for Teschmacher’s hot air balloon.

Superman II (1980)

(Oh, I don’t know, gang. I think there’s still time for Slater and Dunaway to surprise us.)
15. One of the taglines [of the film] was “Her first great adventure.” The box office was so disappointing that no sequel was ever made.

Supergirl (1984)

(Also just like Back to the Future Part II, Doc Brown shows up at one point screaming that something’s got to done about those kids.)
16. Like Back to the Future Part II (1989), the film takes place in an alternate 1985.

Watchmen (2009)

(That’s why he’s the smart-talking directin’ guy and you’re not.) 
17. At one point, Zack Snyder told the writers to add more weirdness into the movie.

300 (2006)

(Which was really weird, because normally the party dude in the group is so chatty in rustic locales.) 
18. Michelangelo doesn’t speak the entire time they’re at the farmhouse.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990)

(Or is it….????)
19. The license plate on Frank Castle’s car reads “Year One”, the auto customizer that worked on the GTO. It was just a coincidence that The Punisher also had a Year One title.

The Punisher (2004)

(Just in case you were wondering where all the money in the film’s $200-million production budget went.) 
20. It took 14 attempts by the hairdressers to get the correct brunette shade for Blake Lively’s hair.

Green Lantern (2011)

(Man, the fistfights that broke out at last year’s BarbCon over this contentious issue…)
21. Although the film seems to contradict itself about what year it is set in (the year is twice said to be 2017, but later given as 2019) it is of course possible that over a year could have passed between the scene of Barb looking out at the city from the car and the torture scene.

Barb Wire (1996)

(“Mixed signals”…?)
22. Hulk started all of the intense superhero films that continued with Batman Begins (2005), The Dark Knight (2008), Watchmen (2009), The Dark Knight Rises (2012), Fantastic Four (2015), Suicide Squad (2016), and Logan (2017). However, this movie did not get enough credit, due to the mixed signals during 2003.

Hulk (2003)

(Technically, “I am big” in Dutch is “ik ben groot,” but whatever.)
23. In Dutch, Afrikaans, and Flemish, “Groot” means “big.” “I am Groot” would therefore mean “I am big.”

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

(Welp, that’s enough for an “associate producer” credit.) 
24. Casanova’s long fingernails were Claire Forlani’s idea.

Mystery Men (1999)

(“Lost their marbles” being the clinical term for their condition, of course. And by “it” I mean “willing to meet with Jared Leto.”) 
25. To prepare for his role as the Joker, Jared Leto spent countless hours meeting with longtime tenants of a psych ward, and they weren’t just meet and greets, these were immersive experiences with individuals who have truly lost their marbles as Leto described them as “people who had committed horrendous crimes, people who have been institutionalized for great periods of time.”

Suicide Squad (2016)

(Hands up, who else also thinks Mr. Leto might have written this one for the Suicide Squad’s Trivia page? “The role was also mentally demanding, in that the comics have Joker possessing a 147 IQ, but Leto — by using his incredible mental powers — was able to dumb himself down for the part.”) 
26. Jared Leto had to prepare physically for the role of Joker, as it required a lot of working out for being in the desired shape. But the actor was so fit and in shape already that within two months, he got himself ripped and shooting started.

Suicide Squad (2016)

(The confusion about the film’s title was, of course, the first and last time the producers encountered any problems making the film.)
27. This film was originally titled Batman Forever but stylized as “Batman 4Ever” because it is the fourth film in the series. However, because the third film already took that title, it was retitled “Batman & Robin,” which actually was the original title for the third film Batman Forever (1995).

Batman and Robin (1997)

(Misfiled under “Trivia” when it actually belongs under “Hollywood, So What Else Is New In.”) 
28. Peta Wilson’s breasts were enhanced on the promotional posters.

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003)

(The Internet Movie Database, for all your shirtless news needs!) 
29. The only Avenger who has had shirtless scenes in all of the films he’s been in (except for his Iron Man Three (2013) cameo) is The Incredible Hulk (his solo film, the two preceding Avengers movies and this film). Thor had a shirtless scene in both previous Thor films and Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015). This film would be the fourth film they have both been shirtless.

Thor: Ragnarok (2017)

(Serious question: what separates the “very professional” cat actors from the only moderately professional ones?) 
30. Goose is played by four different very professional cat actors named Reggie, Rizzo, Gonzo, and Archie.

Captain Marvel (2019)

(I don’t think we should single her out here; I’m betting a lot of people involved feel the same way.)
31. Naomi Watts is ashamed of this film.

Tank Girl (1995)