Well, I (along with most reporters covering this story) was skeptical when it was “revealed” that most of the news we’d been reading about ‘Batman V. Superman: Dawn Of Justice’ was basically bunk, based on a phoney script penned by none other than Kevin Smith. Supposedly, this fake script was written and disseminated by Warner Brothers to throw reporters and fans off the scent of what was actually going to be in the movie, which is probably the most scrutinized movie currently in production. Well, not shockingly at all, Smith has already come out and called the story a fabrication, via Twitter:
For the record, the Twitter user @ is claiming credit for writing and “leaking” the fake script.
This has gone to far. I wrote a bs screenplay in 5 f**king days and now kids are insulting each other on the net over it. It was a JOKE! — Arrogant Alien (@SonofArrogance) July 8, 2014
Smith further went into much greater detail as to his name being involved in a blog post:
There’ve been a few movie websites reporting I might’ve been involved in a BATMAN v SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE misinformation campaign, at the behest of Warner Brothers, director Zack Snyder and producer Chuck Roven. The idea was that everything I’ve ever said about the forthcoming big screen team-up of the World’s Finest is a carefully constructed web of intrigue to throw movie sites off the real track. However, none of those has been a fake BATS v SUPES script. C’mon, kids… No major studio would let a guy like me near their franchises – even if it was for a dummy script meant solely to fool the news sites. (Don’t know if it’s true or not, but this Twitter user is claiming credit for a fugazi script that’s currently being reviewed online.) No, anything I’ve said about “Milo and Sage” was based on an image Zack showed me while hosting a MAN OF STEEL online event at Yahoo many months back. The little I know of the flick beyond that I learned from some cats involved (though never BatFleck himself; as I’ve said a few times now on the Babble-On podcast, beyond email, I haven’t spoken to Ben in years). Fun story, though.
So hopefully that puts this entire ridiculous rumor to rest. As a bonus, Smith also tweeted the poster for his upcoming film ‘Tusk’, stating:
While you’re here, however? That script for TUSK that I wrote? We turned into an actual movie that’s coming out this fall from A24. Oddly enough, it’s the best film I’ve ever made (or at the very least, the most interesting). Thank you all for saying #WalrusYes on Twitter last year. Can’t wait to show you the movie. In the meantime, here’s the poster…
Can’t blame him for using all this counterfeit hoopla to promote his much smaller project. Here is the poster:
What do you think about this absurd controversy? Will you be checking out ‘Tusk’?