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  • Acting for Two: Arnold Schwarzenegger plays a heroic T-800 who has aged naturally, and his digitally de-aged face is placed on a body double to represent the villainous T-800 from the first film, similar to the prototype T-800 in 2009's Terminator Salvation. The last time Arnold showed up in person in the franchise was in 2003 with Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines.
  • Approval of God: Franchise creator James Cameron was very happy with the movie (particularly in how it paid homage to his two Terminator movies), and he considered it to be the "true" third film in the franchise. He specifically praised the plot twist as being hugely creative, in spite of the Broken Base it caused in the fandom. Unfortunately, his approval didn't do enough to give the film the legs it needed.
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  • Box Office Bomb: In the U.S. Budget, $155 million. Box office, $90 million (domestic), $441 million (worldwide). This is the second-highest grossing Terminator film, but that wasn't enough to overcome the high budget and inflation in the United States.
  • California Doubling:
    • An inversion where New Orleans doubles for California in some scenes.
    • Averted in some parts, as many of the San Francisco and Los Angeles scenes were done on location.
    • The Cyberdyne Systems' headquarters is actually the Oracle Corporation campus in Redwood Shores, California, which is in San Mateo, with some CGI embellishment to put it on the east shore of the peninsula near Dogpatch, north of Mission Bay. You can see the 500 number in the lobby window at one point, this is for 500 Oracle Parkway.
    • The hospital that Sarah and Kyle are taken to after materializing in 2017 is labeled as San Francisco Metro Hospital on signs and TV monitors. No such hospital exists in San Francisco with that name. The closest equivalent would be San Francisco General Hospital. The filming location is the LSU Health Center in New Orleans, as evidenced by the "2020 Gravier Street" address on a building.
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  • Channel Hop: After the company responsible for Salvation went bankrupt, the franchise rights were purchased by a hedge fund who were their biggest creditors. The rights were eventually purchased by Megan Ellison, who went on to partner with her brother David, whose Skydance Productions did Genisys (and their deal with Paramount allowed for a distributor).
  • Creator Backlash:
    • Director Alan Taylor wasn't exactly happy that the marketing campaign spoiled the big plot twist of the movie.
    • Emilia Clarke bluntly stated she would never play Sarah Connor again a year after the film's release. She later revealed that nobody had a good time on the film.
  • Development Gag:
    • At one point, Sarah Connor listens to the song "I Wanna Be Sedated" by The Ramones on a cassette player. This song was actually intended to be used in Terminator 2: Judgment Day during the introductory scene for John Connor and his friend, but was replaced with "You Could Be Mine" by Guns N' Roses.
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    • The first act has two T-800 Terminators fighting each other, the one from the first film ends up having his skin melted off. Cameron's first idea for the sequel to The Terminator (which he first told Arnold in 1985) would feature two T-800s, one of which would become a metal skeleton.
    • The opening is similar to the opening of an early draft of Terminator 2 which features an extended battle sequence, Skynet shutting down, and Kyle Reese being put through the Time Displacement Equipment.
  • Disowned Adaptation: Unsurprisingly, Cameron ended up turning his back on the film when it came time to do the sixth movie, which was announced to ignore Genisys.
  • Dyeing for Your Art: Inverted: Arnold stopped dyeing his hair so it could become a natural grey. Also, he worked out to make sure he was still in shape.
  • Executive Meddling: The marketers decided that people weren't convinced enough that this movie wasn't a remake and threw in the movie's biggest plot twist into the forefront. Let's just say that a lot of people weren't happy about this, the director included.
  • Fake American: Like Salvation, the main actors are this - Australians Jai Courtney and Jason Clarke as Kyle Reese and John Connor, and British Emilia Clarke as Sarah Connor. Supporting cast Dayo Okeniyi (Nigerian) as Danny Dyson counts too, and depending on whether or not you count Terminators as "American", note  dual-citizen Arnold Schwarzenegger, Lee Byung-hun, and Matt Smith. In point of fact, the only featured actor in the cast that is a natural-born American is J. K. Simmons.
  • Franchise Killer: Like Salvation before it, Genisys was intended to be the first of a trilogy. It ended up getting worse reviews than the previous films and, despite being the second-highest grossing film in the series, bombed in America thanks to said reviews along with the high production costs; it needed some international box office magic to get there. Thus, despite ambitious plans for a trilogy sequel and a TV series, everything related to Genisys was scraped and the next film project, Terminator: Dark Fate, is now an unreboot sequel to Terminator 2: Judgment Day.
  • The Other Darrin: Damn near everybody, save for Arnold Schwarzenegger himself as the T-800. Justified meta-wise as this is based in the time of the original film but produced 30 years later, where most of the cast have aged quite a bit. Still raises the question as to why Christian Bale was replaced by Jason Clarke as John Connor though, given he's the most recent portrayer of him and is still reasonably close in age to work (unless Bale's F-bomb meltdown on the set of Terminator Salvation had something to do with it). It does follow the trend of John Connor being played by different actors in every movie (and the TV series).
  • Playing Against Type: Matt Smith, the Eleventh Doctor, plays the visual avatar for Skynet.
  • Relationship Voice Actor: In the Japanese dub, Tessho Genda (T-800), Rikiya Koyama (John) and Hideaki Tezuka (Miles Dyson) worked together in Naruto as Kurama, Yamato and the Fourth Raikage respectively. Oddly enough, Tessho Genda and Rikiya Koyama also worked together in the TV Tokyo redub of the very first film, except Koyama voiced Kyle Reese instead.
  • Role Reprisal: Arnold Schwarzenegger reprised his iconic T-800 role 12 years after Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines.
    • For that matter, Arnold's iconic French dubbing voice Daniel Beretta returned as well.
  • Star-Derailing Role: For quite a few.
  • Throw It In!: J. K. Simmons improvised many of his lines. During one ("Blows a door clean off. You know, for people who can't do that themselves."), Schwarzenegger even stares at him to prove it was unexpected.
  • What Could Have Been: Robert Patrick was offered a chance to play the T-1000 again, but declined because his age and bad hip would prevent him from doing the stunts himself, and because he didn't want to tarnish his original performance from Terminator 2: Judgment Day.
  • The Wiki Rule: The Terminator Wiki.
  • Word of God: According to interviews with the screenwriters, Matt Smith is playing a version of Skynet from a completely different universe, meaning the creation of alternate timelines is being enforced and exploited by the villains, and there are at least seven different timelines at play here, with time travelers from each one playing their own game.
  • Written-In Infirmity: The good T-800 being as old as actor Arnold Schwarzenegger was at the time is explained by the Terminator's flesh disguise having aged after spending several decades in the past raising Sarah Connor, as well as the accrued battle damage to his mechanical components.


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