Trivia: The Lone Ranger

  • Acting for Two: John Todd, who voiced Tonto in the radio series, was an accomplished Shakespearean actor. He was often drafted to play several roles (usually the bad guys) in any given episode.
  • Actor Allusion:
  • Actor Existence Limbo/The Other Darrin: After the death of Earle Graser in a car accident, the writers of the radio serial had to quickly do revisions to the show's storyline in order to avert The Character Died with Him (some newspapers treated Graser as inseparable from the Lone Ranger, so much so that their headlines implied it was the death of the character) and provide a smooth transition to his new actor, Brace Beemer. This necessitated the Ranger becoming incapacitated and unable to speak for a few weeks. (Graser's "Hi Yo, Silver' continued to be heard long after his death, however, and this extended into television and movies as well.)
    • Beemer's voice was deeper and richer than Graser's, suggesting that the Ranger had got his Heroic Second Wind.
    • Additionally, Clayton Moore was temporarily replaced on the TV Series by John Hart due to a dispute over either salary or creative differences.
  • Billing Displacement: Both the trailer and the poster show Johnny Depp's name first before Armie Hammer's. Beyond that, the masked face in the poster above is Johnny Depp's too.
  • Box Office Bomb: With a production budget of $225 million ($400 million including marketing), the film needed to earn over $800 million worldwide to break even. Instead, Ranger got blown out by Despicable Me 2, the former earning only $48.9 million in its first five days (compared to about $143 million for Despicable), ultimately pulling in around $260 million. This movie has not only surpassed John Carter as Disney's most humiliating flop, it is in the top ten (adjusted for inflation) biggest box office bombs in movie history.
  • Creator Killer: Subverted; the film's failure had almost nothing to do with Disney's exclusive big-screen partnership with producer Jerry Bruckheimer being allowed to expire (which was more a result of creative differences, and Bruckheimer's still going to be making movies with Disney from time to time), but given the timing, you've gotta wonder.
  • Dear Negative Reader: Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer and Jerry Bruckheimer responded to the negative reviews by saying that critics "conspired" to take down the movie. This lead to critic Alonso Duralde's quote you can see on the top of Critic-Proof.
  • Executive Meddling: Disney delayed production on their movie after the underperformance of Cowboys and Aliens.
    • When Jack Wrather bought the rights to the property in 1978, he sued Clayton Moore to stop him from appearing in public as the character, hoping to establish a new actor in the role for an upcoming movie. It ended up being an enormous PR disaster resulting in a successful countersuit and the film itself becoming a Franchise Killer. Indeed, if there was a Razzie award for "Worst Publicity", The Legend of the Lone Ranger would've been the first recipient, by a unanimous vote.
  • Franchise Killer: Pretty much did for the Lone Ranger franchise what Batman & Robin did for the Batman series. Needless to say, don't expect this series to pop up again anytime soon.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!: Johnny Depp plays Tonto, of course.
  • Hey, It's That Voice!: In the Japanese dub:
  • Saved from Development Hell: It appeared at one point in time that the film would never be made due to its budget coming in at well over $200 million, in part due to the poor performance of Cowboys and Aliens.
  • Star-Derailing Role: Many people noted how after the release, critics began crapping on Johnny Depp's recent career choices. Combined with Transcendence and Mortdecai and many point to this as the tide turning against him.
    • To a lesser extent, the film threatens to derail Armie Hammer's career, pending how well The Man from U.N.C.L.E. does.
  • What Could Have Been: One of the many actors who auditioned to replace Earle Graser was future 60 Minutes correspondent Mike Wallace.
    • Reportedly the original script for the 2013 film had more of a full blown fantasy feel to it, with Cavendish being an actual Wendigo.