If you look close enough at Justice League, you might be able find a number of reasons for the film’s lackluster performance. And if you look even closer, you might be able to find a fun goof that’ll give you and your Marthas a good laugh.
As pointed out by reddit user u/st1tchy, via io9, the scene in which Commissioner Gordon (J.K. Simmons) is introduced contains an older American flag in the background with 48 stars on it instead of the usual 50. The flag dates back to the period between 1912-1959 before Alaska and Hawaii were a part of the union and before the Justice League had even formed in the comics. It’s an odd American artifact to find in a prop closet and odder still to discover in the final, definitive cut of a film. Now, normally one would write this off as just another production error, but there may be more than meets the eye to his hidden detail.
Against all logic and understanding of American history, a 48-star flag also appears in an episode of Daredevil. Super sleuth u/ PlentyOfMoxie on reddit noticed that in the courtroom scene in season two the same flag with 48 stars is also visible behind Frank Castle. Crazy coincidence or super sly hint at a future mega crossover between Marvel and DC?
To be completely honest, it’s probably the latter. It’s already pretty safe to assume Ant-Man is going to do some time-traveling Zip-A-Dee-Do-Dah stuff in Avengers 4 to save the Avengers, so it’s not that far of a stretch to imagine a scenario in which Ant-Man travels to time when both the Avengers and the Justice League co-exist and Alaska and Hawaii don’t. Now, none of this is confirmed yet, but it might as well be. I mean come on those two flags are some pretty hard hitting evidence. There’s no way they’re just goofs!
What’s your take on these mysterious 48-star flags? Goof or nah? Let us know in the comments down below what you think and what your dream crossover would be.
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