Terminator Genisys' marketing team made one of the most bizarre decisions we've ever seen, when a seemingly run of the mill trailer straight up spoiled a major plot twist earlier this year. Many unwitting viewers were unhappy. So was the director, Alan Taylor.
Spoiler alert: This article assumes you've been spoiled. If you've managed to avoid the stupid trailer, this article will ruin the surprise for you.
Even if you avoided it on the internet and TV, you could find yourself in a theater waiting to watch Jurassic World 3, only to have John Connor's heel turn spoiled. Not that we're bitter.
"Yeah, it's funny," Taylor told Uproxx. "I certainly directed those scenes with the intention that no one would know."
Though he disagreed with the decision, Taylor at least understands it. Terminator Genisys, which takes place in an alternate reality thanks to the series' built-in time travel mechanic, serves as a reboot for the decades-old franchise. It's also being sold as a return to form, as even Arnold Schwarzenegger says.
The trailer, in short, was aimed at a skeptical audience.
"I know there was kind of a challenging calculus going on in the heads of those who market this thing to decide that this was the right thing to do," Taylor said. "I think they felt like they had to send a strong message to a very wary audience that there was something new, that this was going to new territory. They were concerned that people were misperceiving this as kind of a reboot, and none of us wanted to reboot two perfect movies by James Cameron. I think they felt they had to do something game-changing in how the film was being perceived."
That understanding didn't stop him from opposing the decision, though.
"I had a few heads ups and a few unpleasant conversations where I squawked about this or that," he said and laughed.
Terminator Genisys is scheduled for a July 1, 2015 release with a cast that also includes Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney, Jason Clarke, J.K. Simmons, Byung-Hun Lee and Matt Smith. Press play below to watch the movie's first trailer, which does not spoil any major plot points.