10 Movie Plot Twists So Subtle You Totally Missed Them

These low-key plot twists were right in front of you the whole time.

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Universal Pictures

Who among us doesn't love a mind-blowing plot twist that makes you think about the whole damn movie in a different light?

But what about those slyer, subtler twists which are so sneaky you probably didn't even notice them at all?

Not all twists need to be jaw-dropping revelations which fundamentally change your relationship to the film - sometimes they can be more low-key, even low-stakes, yet still add fascinating context to what you're watching.

And that's absolutely true of these 10 movie plot twists, each of which will ensure you see these individual scenes a new way, even if not the movie in its entirety.

From single shots which are saying more than you could've ever imagined, to fascinating implications which fundamentally change a character's arc, and vague whispers that are secretly loaded with fascinating meaning, these 10 twists are all keenly hanging out in the periphery waiting to be discovered.

Missing these twists won't impede your enjoyment of the movie by any means, but once you know, you just might have a newfound respect for how delicately these works of cinema were crafted...

10. Nite Owl Prevented The Creation Of Batman - Watchmen

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One of the most memorable sequences in Zack Snyder's Watchmen is surely its glorious opening titles - a montage of superhero activity from the 1930s through to the 1970s, set to Bob Dylan's iconic "The Times They Are a-Changin.'"

One gorgeous slow-motion shot shows the original Nite Owl (Stephen McHattie) punching an armed mugger, in turn saving two wealthy, well-dressed individuals.

If you look closer, you'll see that the noticeboard in the background identifies the location as Gotham Opera House, and so, any comic book fan worth their salt will surely conclude that they're looking at Bruce Wayne's parents being saved from death by Nite Owl.

As such, this basically explains why Batman is nowhere to be seen in this version of reality - with his parents spared from death, what motivation would Bruce ever have to become a superhero?

Granted, there are also Batman posters on the right-hand side of the frame, but this can be easily dismissed as Zack Snyder trying to hammer the point home visually for the cheap seats. Yes, this shot is all about Batman, or rather his absence in this universe.

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