This evening, the live-action Attack on Titan movie was shown at theatres across North America. Some moviegoers have been waiting for this day. The subtitle screw up, though, they could've done without.
At tonight's San Francisco showing, there were reports that a third of the way through the movie, the English subtitles froze on a line of dialogue as the characters continued talking. Which seems like utter hell, especially if you've left the house and paid money to see a movie at the theatre.
Kotaku has reached out to the film's distributor, Funimation, for comment, but did not hear back prior to publication.
Unlike in the past, where subtitles were on each film frame, today's subtitles are added digitally. The assumption is that this could be an issue with the software or hardware being used to project the film.
The majority of the reports appear to be from the San Francisco screening. Though, the same issue apparently did happen elsewhere in Ohio and Wisconsin. There were also reports (here and here) of the movie being shown free of subtitle snafus, so this is still hard to gauge.
Kotaku reader Daniel Barnes, who attended the San Francisco screening, writes, "Much hilarity ensued as me and a bunch of the other people in the audience began laughing and riffing on it."
The subtitles froze on that line for the next twenty or thirty minutes as you can see in the stills Barnes snapped to show the extent of subtitle screw-up. Other Twitter users did likewise.
"Our theatre stopped the movie, over an hour into it, and said they were gonna restart from the beginning," Barnes added. Apparently, most patrons at this screening weren't interested and were given vouchers instead.
Top images: Daniel Barnes (Thanks Dan!)