All fangeek eyes are on Warner Brothers’ ‘Batman V. Superman: Dawn Of Justice’. While Marvel has been steadily cranking out hit movies, WB has struggled with ‘Green Lantern’ failing and ‘Man of Steel’ generating controversy due to its “disaster porn” climax. But Warner Brothers is planning to make its next foray the launchpad for an entire DC cinematic universe, with confirmed appearances by Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) and Cyborg (Ray Fisher) and a rumored appearance by Aquaman (Jason Momoa), still not officially verified. So far there have been a slew of rumors about the film, most recently that three additional villains would be cropping up, Morgan Edge, Victor Zsazs and David Cain. This is in addition to the news that Jason Todd, Carrie Kelly and Kyle Rayner would appear and that the script made a reference to Thanagar, homeworld of Hawkman.
But the latest rumor might be the hardest to swallow of all. Is everything we’ve heard about ‘Batman V. Superman’… baloney?
Word has it that producer Charles Roven and director Zack Snyder came to comic fan Kevin Smith with an early treatment of the film and that Smith came up with the plan to pen a fake script to leak and throw news sites and blogs off the track. The movie certainly sounds to be packed with fanboy Easter Eggs that only a true fan like Smith would know. (Especially if you’ve read his ‘Superman’ treatment from the 90s.)
In recent months, via podcasts, Smith, who is friends with both Snyder and Batman star Ben Affleck, has dropped a few hints that he is in-the-know regarding this movie, although he’s been careful to avoid spoilers and so far, he’s never been officially attached to this project.
Here is the supposed flag-waving message that was sent out:
This isn’t a scoop regarding the plot or the details of the Batman v Superman movie or am I writing you in order to spoil or disappoint the general public.
My insider info regards a who has been the source of the vast majority of leaked information as regards to the movie and more importantly why.
Up until last year I worked for as a PA for a Warner Bros. exec until I was promoted to marketing. It was here I and several others where approached to work, directly and indirectly, for Susanne Knoll and sometimes Deborah Snyder.
It was here that I became a part of a particular strategy that Warner Bros has been using to great effect.
Early this year a Screenplay for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice which was commissioned by Warner Bros was leaked to several gossip sites. It was a scanned PDF of the entire screenplay baring a official Warner Bros watermark.
This script has been the source of almost every leaked detail about the movie for the last six months. It has been posted on sites then quickly removed due to cease and desist letters from Warner Bros.
While the screenplay is legit and the watermark is legit and it is was commissioned by Charles Roven himself…
But it is written by neither David S. Goyer or Chris Terrio.
It was written by Kevin Smith.
Late last year both Charles Roven and Zack Snyder approached Kevin Smith with a early treatment for the film and It was Kevin Smith who came up with the idea to write an entire screenplay based on it but with several huge red herrings and changes which do not appear in the final film. These include plot points and characters etc etc. and ‘leak’ it online.
This script was distributed by myself and others to gossip sites and movie sites like aintitcool, latino review, movie pilot, etc etc
My job was to pose as a worker at Warner Bros who was leaking the screenplay.
There were several others involved who posed as recently fired members of the production, interns and special effects artists and we all spread the misleading info around the web.
None of this was done maliciously and was a strategy to misdirect much of sites that intended to spoil the film.
Do you buy this explanation? Why would Kevin Smith volunteer to pen a fake script? It seems like a lot of trouble to go through for everyone involved. Is this just a bluff? Someone seeking attention?
With this movie, with as many rumors that keep popping up, it’s really hard to believe anything without a grain of salt. But what do you think?
Source: Movie Web