Sometimes, the writers of a show, movie, comic book or whatever will put a lot of effort into creating an enigmatic character with an air of mystery surrounding it ... only to have the marketing department kill all the mystique by putting out a stupid action figure.
What vocal sorcery is responsible for this!
We've shown you mind-blowing Easter eggs in everything else on this planet. It was only matter of time before we brought you ones from movies.
Dozens of pilot episodes get produced each year, and only a tiny handful are ever broadcast. Sometimes it's because network executives are talentless morons, and sometimes it's because the shows are impossibly and hilariously shitty. Here's a few from that second group.
TV is littered with the corpses of beloved shows with lousy ratings. You can't mention Terriers around one of its 10 viewers without hearing the president of FX is worse than Robo-Hitler. But what if programming did something smart?
Some of the best-loved characters of today are practically unrecognizable from their original forms.
We almost got Nic Cage as Superman. We don't say it often, but thanks, Hollywod.
A lack of creativity in the entertainment world is nothing new -- people have been doing adaptations, reboots and remakes since the first stories were told. What you may not have realized, however, is that some of the great landmark motion pictures were themselves just remakes of originals that nobody remembers.
For some reason, it's not a big deal to jump away from an erupting fireball, but we're supposed to believe that encounters with the things on this list are certain death.
Cartoons prepared us for real-world problems exactly as well as you'd expect from men in fur underwear with magic swords.
Writing is hard, we know. That's why Hollywood writers have to rely on tricks to get you to root for the vampires in one movie, when in another they are terrible innocent-killing machines.
Even a great movie or TV show isn't above throwing in one ridiculous, larger-than-life character who almost ruins any element of realism in the plot. The genius who's TOO smart, the hero who's TOO cool, the rebel who breaks the rules but somehow never gets punished for it. Hey, you know where else you find ridiculous characters like that? Real life