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  • It is a sequel to both Unbreakable (2000) and Split (2016).
  • The movie was announced via director M. Night Shyamalan's Twitter account on April 26, 2017.
  • This movie was announced on April 16, 2017, shortly after Split (2016) was out of the theaters.
  • This was M. Night Shyamalan's thirteenth directorial feature.
  • Writer and Director M. Night Shyamalan set the release date at January 18, 2019, when he announced this movie.
  • It took M. Night Shyamalan 19 years to make the trilogy, as the 2019 release date suggests. Unbreakable (2000) was being developed shortly after the success of The Sixth Sense (1999). Sixteen years later, Split (2016) came out, and shortly after it, this movie was announced.
  • Shyamalan's first sequel.
  • Director M. Night Shyamalan drew inspiration from the following comic books: "Saga," "Forbidden Brides of the Faceless Slaves in the Secret House of the Night of Dread Desire," "Sand Castle," "Paper Girls," "Daytripper," and "Last Look."
  • Bruce Willis and Sarah Paulson appeared in the Ocean's Eleven film franchise. Bruce had a cameo in Ocean's Twelve (2004), and Sarah was in Ocean's Eight (2018).
  • This was the first M. Night Shyamalan film to be a co-production between two major film studios, Universal Pictures and Touchstone Pictures (the latter is one of the film studios owned by the Walt Disney Company). The film was also Shyamalan's first film with The Walt Disney Company since The Village (2004).
  • This movie had a 39-day shoot that started on October 2, 2017, with a script comprising 134 pages.
  • This is the third movie where James McAvoy had to shave his head, after X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) and Split (2016).
  • This is to be the first movie released under Disney's Touchstone Pictures label since Strange Magic (2015) not to be a motion picture released under the DreamWorks Pictures deal from 2011 to 2016.
  • The comic book theme was first introduced in Unbreakable (2000), and alliteration is frequently seen in the names of comic book characters (Peter Parker, Bruce Banner, et cetera). This movie follows this theme with superhero David Dunn.
  • According to Writer and Director M. Night Shyamalan, this movie is "the first truly grounded comic book movie."
  • This is the third movie in as many years that Anya Taylor-Joy has starred opposite a character suffering from multiple personality disorder, following Split (2016) and Marrowbone (2017).
  • Samuel L. Jackson said of working with James McAvoy on the movie, "As good as I like to think I am or what I do and how I do it, watching somebody transform characters in front of your eyes and have an argument with four different people is pretty amazing."
  • Many cast members have previously starred in other superhero/comic book movies. Bruce Willis starred in the Sin City and Red franchises, Spencer Treat Clark in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2013), James McAvoy in Wanted (2008) and the X-Men film franchise, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and as Octopus in The Spirit (2008), Anya Taylor-Joy in The New Mutants (2020), and Sarah Paulson in the aforementioned The Spirit.
  • This film marked the fifth time Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson appeared in a movie together. The others were Loaded Weapon 1 (1993), Pulp Fiction (1994), Die Hard with a Vengeance (1995), and Unbreakable (2000).
  • This was the second M. Night Shyamalan movie to be released in IMAX. The first was After Earth (2013).
  • While promoting the movie at the 2018 Comic-Con, writer and director M. Night Shyamalan noted that the film was "a once-in-a-lifetime movie in that Disney arm Buena Vista International, which owns the rights to Unbreakable (2000), and Split (2016) studio Universal Pictures, agreed to team for the film." He continued saying, "I don't think this will ever happen again, where two studios had two IPs they completely owned, and I said, 'Can we make a sequel to both, and you guys share it?' and they said 'Yes.'"
  • James McAvoy plays twenty-one different personalities in this movie, three times as many as he played in Split (2016).
  • The hospital where the movie was filmed was a former mental hospital in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
  • The film was a proper sequel to Unbreakable (2000) and was released nineteen years later.
  • Under normal circumstances, the film would have been a nightmare of red tape to pass through because Unbreakable (2000) and Split (2016) were produced by different studios. Instead, this was the first ever film co-production between Universal and Disney, which have been heated rivals in both the film and theme park businesses for more than half a century. Prior to this film, most Universal/Disney co-productions were relegated to television, most notably Monk (2002). Reportedly, Disney had no problem letting Split introduce David Dunn into its final scene, so long as they had some input on a full sequel.
  • The original script for Unbreakable (2000) included Kevin as an emerging villain for David to face against, but director M. Night Shyamalan could never make it work within the confines of a single movie. Thus, Kevin ended up being Split (2016) off into his own movie, with this film as the culmination of the original idea.
  • Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, Spencer Treat Clark, Charlayne Woodard and M. Night Shyamalan all reprise their roles nineteen years after Unbreakable (2000). Willis already reappeared as David Dunn in a small cameo at the end of Split (2016), which established a shared universe with Unbreakable (2000). Shyamalan also briefly appeared in Split (2016) as a surveillance specialist; in Glass (2019), he confirmed that he was the stadium drug dealer seen in Unbreakable (2000), but turned his life around since then.
  • When Elijah Price/Mr. Glass sees David Dunn, his arch nemesis, has joined him in the same sanitarium, he cracks a small, menacing grin. This is similar to a scene in Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1 (2012), as an incarcerated, seemingly catatonic Joker breaks from his slumber with a sinister half-grin upon seeing Batman returning to Gotham City. In both scenarios, the villain regains their purpose and drive once their old enemy reappears.
  • Samuel L. Jackson, who played Elijah, is five years older than Charlayne Woodard, who played Elijah's mother.
  • Director M. Night Shyamalan said, "As the characters believe in the comic book world, the primary colors in the film become more dominant. As they stop believing, they fade to a monochromatic world. The pink room where they do therapy is pink, red fading to white, because this is where they stop believing."
  • Director M. Night Shyamalan talked about the importance of colors in this movie, saying, "I chose green for David Dunn because psychologically, it is associated with life giving properties. David is the protector of life. I chose ochre or mustard for The Beast because this color is associated with religious ceremonies, Hindu and Buddhist. A monk's robe. I see The Beast as an evangelist, a preacher who wants to help save 'The Broken.' Finally, I chose purple for Mr. Glass because this color has been associated with royalty, majestic qualities. Elijah sees himself as important, a main character of comics."
  • James McAvoy based one of his 23 personalities on a young Saoirse Ronan, his Atonement (2007) costar.
  • While there was interest in creating a sequel to Unbreakable following its release, Touchstone Pictures opted not to finance one at that time despite the film's solid box office performance. M. Night Shyamalan set out on writing Split (2016) using a character he had written for Unbreakable but pulled from the script due to balance issues. Shyamalan realized the opportunity he had to create a trilogy of works, and adapted the ending of Split to establish the film as within the Unbreakable narrative. This included securing the rights from Disney to use the character David Dunn, with the promise of including them within the production and distribution of this third film alongside Universal Pictures should it be made. Split was a financial and critical success, and by April 2017, Shyamalan announced that he had started the production process for Glass.
  • Principal photography on the film began on October 2, 2017 in Philadelphia, following a week of rehearsals. Director M. Night Shyamalan planned for a 39-day shoot in this period. On October 31, 2017 it was reported that Shyamalan was filming at the Allentown State Hospital for the film and would be filming there for a few weeks. On December 12, 2017, Shyamalan revealed that four scenes were being planned to be shot in January 2018, stating he would have to travel for those. On February 16, 2018, a scene was filmed at Bryn Mawr College in the athletic center.
  • * Split, McAvoy and Joaquin Phoenix:--Initially, it was Joaquin Phoenix who was to play Kevin's role in Split and filmed for the third time under the direction of Mr. Night Shyamalan, after Signs and The Village. Unfortunately, the discussions with the actor never succeeded and it is ultimately James McAvoy who inherited the character.
  • * Shooting:--The filming of Glass lasted 39 days. It began on October 2, 2017. Part of the scenes were shot in a psychiatric hospital that actually existed in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Staci Hagenbaugh, exterior manager, had a track that could match the expectations of the production.
  • * Sam and Bruce, 5th!:--Glass marks the 5th collaboration between Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson after Fatal Alarm, Pulp Fiction, A Day in Hell and Unbreakable.
  • Director M. Night Shyamalan was able to incorporate unseen footage from Unbreakable (2000) into this film, for flashback scenes involving the younger versions of David and Joseph.
  • To create a terrifying and dark atmosphere, M. Night Shyamalan appealed to the director of photography, Mike Gioulakis. The latter is none other than the person responsible for the oppressive atmosphere of It Follows, the little surprise of the horror / horror genre released in 2015. It is also after seeing this film that the director of Sixth Sense decided to to hire the services of the chief operator for Split then Glass.
  • * A troubling actress:--The talented young actress Anya Taylor-Joy, only 22 years old, held the top bill in Split before returning to her role as Casey in Glass. The actress was revealed in the horror film The Witch, very noticed when it was released in June 2016.
  • Whereas Unbreakable (2000) followed a man whose modest image of himself had blinded him to his true power; and Split (2016) explored the power of a monster created by a traumatized mind, Glass is interested in the very essence of identity by asking a question: are we objectively what we are, or rather the physical result of what our minds shape and determine? Are you a superhero if you think you are?
  • * 19 years later:--19 years after Unbreakable, Spencer Treat Clark and Charlayne Woodard are back in the roles of David Dunn's son (Bruce Willis) and Elijah's mother (Samuel L Jackson).
  • Every personality played by James McAvoy had to have a distinct voice and presence. McAvoy therefore worked with director M. Night Shyamalan.
  • Improv or not improv--While M. Night Shyamalan is keen to follow his script to the letter, he nonetheless encourages actors to contribute.
  • * MG Initials:--One of the biggest advantages of working with actors who have all played their characters before is that they bring their own ideas for certain clothes and accessories. For one scene, costume designer Paco Delgado had dressed Elijah Price with a tie with a hairpin, but the artist was not satisfied with the hairpin.
  • * Anya Taylor-Joy soulmate of McAvoy:--Anya Taylor-Joy has such an intense connection with her character that it scared her to find him.
  • One of the hallmarks of M. Night Shyamalan's films is the seamless integration of visual effects into a real world. Unlike almost every other great studio movie - and certainly every superhero movie - its effects never draw attention to them. In appearance, it is often impossible to say which elements, if any, are computer generated. This is explained both by a pure creative will and by practical considerations.
  • Director M. Night Shyamalan said that the original cut of the film had a run time of nearly three and a half hours. He "trimmed it up a bit" by cutting three of Kevin Crumb's 23 personalities out of the film.
  • "X-Men" comics are visible in the comic book store scenes. James McAvoy played young Charles Xavier/Professor X in the "X-Men" films.
  • Many Marvel comics are on display in the comic book store scenes. Samuel L. Jackson is also known to audiences as Nick Fury in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
  • Sarah Paulson accepted her part without reading the script, even though her role was originally written for a man, for the opportunity to work with director M. Night Shyamalan.
  • When David Dunn is taken into the mental hospital, the first camera feed seen is labeled H2O. David's weakness is water, which hints that the hospital is dangerous to him.
  • In one of the scenes inside Kevin Crumb's cell, several toothbrushes are visible on a shelf, indicating each of Kevin's personalities has its own toothbrush.
  • Composer West Dylan Thordson incorporated several of James Newton Howard's themes from Unbreakable (2000).
  • Inside the comic shop Joseph visits, he walks past a neon purple "Villains" sign and a neon green "Heroes" sign. Mr. Glass' signature color is purple, and Dunn's signature color is green.
  • On the cover of the magazine, the headline calls the Osaka tower "A Real Marvel." Marvel Comics is publisher of many of the superhero comics which inspired this film.
  • James McAvoy's character previously appeared in Split (2016), which was distributed by Universal, and now this film, which is partially distributed by Disney. This made his character the second to cross over between the two studios. The other characters are Bruce Banner/Hulk, Tony Stark/Iron Man, and Thunderbolt Ross who appeared in The Avengers (2012) and other Marvel movies.
  • James McAvoy and Samuel L. Jackson have both appeared in Marvel Comics adaptations featuring the character of Quicksilver. McAvoy appeared in X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014), while Jackson appeared in Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015).
  • (Director Cameo) M. Night Shyamalan: the customer at the Dunn Security store who recognizes David Dunn as a former security guard at the stadium and credits Dunn for putting him on a good path.
  • (Director Cameo) M. Night Shyamalan: Jai, the man talking to Joseph in the security shop. Shyamalan played the same character in Split (2016), and in this film, he confirms that he was also the Stadium Drug Dealer briefly interrogated by David Dunn in Unbreakable (2000).
  • Although Disney owns the rights to Unbreakable (2000), director M. Night Shyamalan retained the rights to any potential sequels, so that the studio could not make one without his involvement. Such was his desire for creative control that he co-financed Glass by mortgaging his house.
  • There is a nod to both of the biggest comic book companies Marvel and DC in the film. The description of The Osaka Tower as 'A True Marvel' and on a news headline stating that the state of Washington "D.C. offers it's respect". The DC Comics TV show Fine Feathered Finks (1966) is shown in a comic book store scene.
  • This is the fourth film in which Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson have appeared together. The previous three films were Pulp Fiction, Die Hard With A Vengeance, and Unbreakable.
  • Bostin Christopher returns as the Comic Book Clerk from Mr. Glass' local store. He even uses similar dialogue to show that he is that very same character from Unbreakable.
  • In the film, the Osaka tower is across the street from Philadelphia's 30th Street station and can be seen a relatively short distance away from the front steps of the hospital. In reality, the hospital used for filming (Allentown State Hospital, 1600 Hanover Ave., Allentown, PA) is not only facing the wrong way, but actually 46 miles from 30th Street station, and so downtown Philadelphia would not be visible from the hospital.
  • James McAvoy severely ups the ante on the number of personalities he portrays in a single film since the previous Split (2016) installment, from 9 to a whopping 20 personalities appearing on-screen.
  • Split (2016) and "Glass" are each eleven minutes longer than their previous entries. "Split" is 117 minutes long while Unbreakable (2000) is 106 minutes long. "Glass" is 128 minutes long while "Split" is 117 minutes long.
  • Placed together, the titles from each of the three movie in the trilogy are "Unbreakable Split Glass".
  • Leslie Stefanson's first acting role since Alien Hunter (2003), 16 years earlier.
  • Elijah Price calls himself: "Mr. Glass". He wears a large bejeweled tie pin with the initials: "MG".
  • Each of the trilogy's one-word title refers to one of the main characters from the movie: "Unbreakable" (David Dunn/The Overseer), "Split" (Kevin Crumb/The Horde) and "Glass" (Elijah Price/Mr. Glass). In addition, each movie was directed by M. Night Shyamalan, is part of a trilogy, stars actors, and include an L hidden somewhere in the title.
  • When Dr. Staple is in the comic book store, Fine Feathered Finks (1966) is playing on the television. The episode was the first appearance of The Penguin on screen. It's also significant in that this is the 3rd episode of the TV series and the film "Glass" is the third film of the David Dunn film series.
  • While discussing comic books' history, excited comic book clerk shouts "Booyah"! - a catchphrase by a DC superhero Cyborg.
  • This is the 5th movie to feature both Samuel L. Jackson and Bruce Willis. The first four are Loaded Weapon 1 (1993), Pulp Fiction (1994), Die Hard with a Vengeance (1995), and Unbreakable (2000).
  • Takes place three weeks after the events in Split (2016).
  • Despite playing his character's mother, Charlayne Woodard is actually five years younger than Samuel L. Jackson.
  • This is the fourth film in which Bruce Willis and Samuel L Jackson have appeared together. The previous three films were Pulp Fiction, Die Hard With A Vengeance, and Unbreakable.

Spoilers

  • When Casey is doing her comic book research she asks the teller about its history. He points out Action Comics #1 whose cover classically portrays Superman holding a motor vehicle over his head, shaking the crooks out of it. In this film, Mr. Glass refers to the finale as not a Limited Edition, but an "origin story" before his demise. We then learn his master plan was to kickstart the real world comic book universe himself. And thus the final image of the film is the masses at the train station watching The Beast lifting a police car up to remove the cops therein. The same image that kicked off the world of comics, so too reveals the "Unbreakable" universe to the "real" world.
  • Mr. Glass threatens to blow a few stories off of the brand new Osaka tower with The Beast as his right hand. He uses this to influence David Dunn to break free to stop them. This is a classic super villain trope of a veiled master plan. E.g., in Superman (1978), Lex Luthor fibs about a poison gas pellet he plans on releasing to the public, in order to lure Superman to his hideout.
  • Towards the end of the movie, it is revealed that Elijah was also responsible for the death of Kevin's father, an event that ultimately forced Kevin to stay with his abusive mother, a situation which caused Kevin to form his multiple personalities. In Unbreakable (2000), David bumps a woman holding a boy's hand at the stadium. This bump triggers a reaction in David, helping him hear the scream of the boy (possibly Kevin) who was being abused.
  • The title character, Mr. Glass, does not speak until about an hour into the movie.
  • In the background during two of the scenes in the comic book shops, one of the comic book titles is "Strange Happenings" which is similar to M. Night Shyamalan's earlier movie The Happening (2008).
  • The comic book store Dr. Ellie Staple visits near the end of the film is the same comic book store in which Elijah Price buys a comic in Unbreakable (2000).
  • In Unbreakable (2000), Elijah explains that David's unusual weakness to water is actually a hero's trait after reading a comic book about a secret society that monitors the weaknesses of various good and evil super humans in order to stop them. Therefore it's very likely that Elijah noticed the similarities with Dr. Staple and her organization and had her true intentions figured out the moment he met her.
  • This film contains numerous subtle references to its own title. For instance, windshields, lightbulbs and various windows.
  • When Joseph Dunn is about to leave the comic store, he turns around and looks at the villain section and the comic book "Whisperman" catches his eye. The comic features a villain puppet master and the sub print asks "Who are his parents?". This comic is a hint at Dr. Ellie Staple being the real villain in the film. Dr. Staple (which was originally written as a male role) is a master in the art of deception and is obsessed with her ability to convince others of any reality she deems necessary.
  • A primary "red herring" in the movie is a fictional "tallest building in Philadelphia," the Osaka Tower. This appears to be an allusion to the equally fictional Nakatomi Plaza (in Los Angeles), the setting of Bruce Willis' action debut, Die Hard (1988).
  • In the end of the movie when Ms. Price, Casey, and Joseph are at the train station they are wearing the colors that match their hero/villain's respective color; Casey is wearing a yellow top and Kevin's color throughout the film was yellow, Ms. Price is wearing purple which is Elijah's color throughout the film, and Joseph is wearing a green jacket which was David's color throughout the film.
  • In this movie, water is a weakness for David Dunn. In Signs (2002), another movie by M. Night Shyamalan, water is a fatal weakness of the invading aliens.
  • At the end of the movie, Dr. Ellie Staple tells Mr. Glass that 'There just can't be gods among us". "Gods Among Us" is the subtitle of the DC Comics fight game Injustice: Gods Among Us (2013).
  • In this movie, Elijah labels the climactic scene as the collection of main characters. This could be a nod to Samuel L. Jackson's character Nick Fury, who is responsible for bringing together all the main characters together in the Avengers movies.
  • Dr. Staple, at the end of the movie, says to Elijah/Mr. Glass that, "there just can't be Gods among us". As she sets out stopping those with supernatural abilities. In Jumper (2008), Samuel L. Jackson himself played Roland, a villain who sets out on a task to exterminate people with supernatural powers, very similar to Dr. Staple. Roland states "Only God should have this power."
  • The line, "The classic turn! The enemy becomes the ally!" has more meaning when spoken by Glass than apparent at first. Events unfold so that Glass does seem to become the hero instead of the villain.
  • Dr Staple's role is hinted at by her name. She gathers comic-book heroes and villains together, and tries to be a master manipulator of their paths. The pages of a comic book issue are held together with staples, which keep the narrative in the right sequence.
  • Despite having superhero and supervillain monikers, David and Elijah refer to each other by their Christian names. This is common among comic book rivalries such as Charles Xavier (Professor X) and Erik Lehnsherr (Magneto), as well as Reed Richards (Mr. Fantastic) and Victor Von Doom (Doctor Doom), for example. Though Mr. Glass finally calls David by his superhero name, Overseer, when he taunts him to finally break free of his cell and to come and stop him and The Beast.
  • When Mr. Glass asks The Horde "Are you Ready? Are. You. Ready?" this is commonly used by sports entertainment announcer Michael Buffer. After this section of the announcement, Buffer follows with "Then, for the thousands in attendants, and the millions watching at home...". This could be a reference to Mr. Glass's master plan of the world seeing who they are, when Dr. Staple's surveillance system is exposed to millions of people.
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