6 Movie Mistakes Spotted Before Release

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness clearly ran out of background extras...

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness background extra mistake

Who doesn't love a good movie mistake?

There are entire websites and subreddits dedicated to pointing them out, and UK folk might recall that comedian Robert Webb even had a TV show about them. We here at WhatCulture have wrote about many of them ourselves, and though the people who make the movies probably don't find them funny, there's just something amusing about noticing a strange gaffe in the background of a shot.

However, the thing about movie mistakes is that they're typically spotted after the film in question has released - usually when it's available on home media. This obviously makes it easier to scrub through the film and pick tiny details out, allowing visual effects screw-ups or continuity blunders to be pinpointed with precision.

But sometimes - very rarely - a mistake will be spotted before a movie's release.

From trailers, to clips, to early preview footage, distributors throw out so much pre-release material these days that there's always a chance a blunder will slip through the cracks, and that's exactly what happened in these six cases...

6. Kylo Ren's Invisible Cape (Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker)

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness background extra mistake

Star Wars is one of those franchises whose trailers are analysed and freeze-framed with obsessive levels of scrutiny, and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker - the grand conclusion to the Skywalker Saga - was no different.

Fans probably didn't expect to find something like this in their deep dives though.

Shortly after the movie's D23 Special Look was released in August 2019, eagle-eyed viewers noticed something unusual about a shot of Rey and Kylo Ren engaged in a lightsaber duel - namely, Kylo Ren's cape wasn't visible in the reflection beneath him.

This was corrected in time for the movie's December release, where the cape was added to his reflection in all its billowing glory.

Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker Kylo Ren cape finished movie

Some speculated that this mistake was due to the cape itself being CGI, and it just wasn't added in time for D23. Others, meanwhile, believed that the reflection was the digital element, and again, it hadn't been completed in time for the trailer.

We got our answer as the movie inched closer to its home media release, with certain behind-the-scenes content showing Adam Driver wearing a cape on set.

Why edit his reflection then? Well... who knows. With the technology available these days, all kinds of tiny details can be tweaked in post-production, so maybe director JJ Abrams just wanted it to look a specific way.


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