Trivia / The Crow: City of Angels

  • Creator Backlash: Both Tim Pope and David S. Goyer disowned the film.
  • Deleted Scene: There was an awful lot that ended up on the cutting room floor. Some were tossed because they mirrored the first film too closely. Others were cut in favor of a shorter running time, leaving the film over half its original running time. Most of the scenes weren't shown outside of tie-in CD-ROM and on a pay-per-view version that ran back in the 90s, and have since completely disappeared. Some of the more prominent ones were:
    • Ashe refuses to believe he's back from the dead when he wakes up in Sarah's apartment. Sarah promptly takes a kitchen knife and stabs him in the chest to prove to him it's real. This is why he abruptly runs off in shock in the final cut.
    • Kali is still alive after being thrown out the window. A shadow of the crow flies down to her and morphs into Ashe. She begs him to kill her. He refuses.
    • Judah reveals his motivations in wanting the crow's power. As a child, he had a near-death experience where he visited Hell. He enjoyed what he saw, leading him to become what he is.
    • Instead of burning Danny's drawing, it falls out of Ashe's pocket during the fight with Judah. Judah rips it up.
    • The entire original Downer Ending was changed, detailed below.
  • Executive Meddling: The film was originally going to end on a much darker note. As hinted at the first movie's deleted scenes with the Skull Cowboy, the Crow can only stay in the land of the living as long as the person has unfinished business. Danny comes to Ashe during the battle with Judah, telling him he has to leave. Ashe refuses, saying he has to save Sarah. During the battle, Sarah is killed. With an innocent person dead because of his actions, Ashe then becomes unable to move on to the land of the dead to be reunited with his son. Neither alive nor dead, he's condemned to wander through Los Angeles for eternity. Deciding this was too dark and depressing, a new ending was cobbled together from scenes already shot and dialogue being dubbed over, such as Danny encouraging his father instead of telling him to leave.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Jon Bon Jovi auditoned for the lead role.
    • Tori Amos was considered for the role of Sarah, but refused because she did not like the character.
    • The main character was originally going to be named "Michael Corvin".
    • Wanting to avoid comparisons with the first film, David S. Goyer originally intended to have Sarah return as a female Crow.
    • Another idea was to set the story in 19th-century England. Eventually, it was decided the story would be centred on two brothers who are murdered in Los Angeles. In that script, Ashe and Danny were the brothers, with Ashe being the one brought back to avenge their deaths. The original script also featured two of the villains from the first film, Grange and Top Dollar, resurrected to fight Ashe.

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