With a film as large as Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, details leaking ahead of schedule are hard to avoid. But when the rumors start piling up, and become harder and harder to believe, suspicions rise. That was the case with the ‘leaked script’ for the film making the rounds of late, leading to a recent report claiming the script – chock full of cameos and fan service – was the work of Kevin Smith (Clerks, Mallrats), and part of a plan to throw snooping fans and bloggers off the studio’s trail. And that’s one rumor Smith has now officially denied.
Despite having no formal involvement in Warner Bros.’ production of the Zack Snyder-helmed follow-up to Man of Steel, Kevin Smith’s name has become a recurring one in news coverage and ‘insider’ information. After being the first outsider to lay eyes on Ben Affleck’s Batsuit, Smith has since gone on to confirm DC’s upcoming schedule for a half a dozen superhero movies.
So when an anonymous insider contacted numerous websites (Screen Rant included) claiming that the reportedly leaked script – the one describing Lex Luthor as a tattooed street tough – was the work of Smith, it seemed compelling. But that script, the source claimed, was actually commissioned by Warner Bros. and then intentionally ‘leaked’ to online outlets, all in the name of keeping the real plot of Batman V Superman a secret.
Now Smith has taken to his official blog to explain that while that is, indeed, one juicy rumor… it’s entirely false:
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… Fun story, though.
Smith explains that part of the reason why he was unable to write a completely false, meaningless Dawn of Justice script is that he spent the last year writing things that actually hope to become real (including his upcoming horror film Tusk). So bad news for fans of the reported BvS:DoJ story, but good news for walrus enthusiasts.
For our part, the leaked details that seemed to originate from the script treatment seemed to stretch believability from the start. Casting Lex Luthor as a kid from the streets from Metropolis (who knows Bruce Wayne is Batman) was hard to swallow, and has since seemed at odds with the reports of Lex from the set.
The most recent batch of mined details included the presence of not just Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Lex, Cyborg, and Aquaman, but four additional villains as well. And with each new detail or character cameo gleaned from the script, it seemed harder and harder to believe Snyder or David S. Goyer actually hoped to do them all justice.
Yet the script had to be written by someone, and presumably was convincing enough to turn viral in the first place. Luckily, one anonymous Twitter user seems to have taken responsibility:
@alfred_green Honestly it was a experiment to show the darkside of fanboyism and gossip site culture. I didn't expect it to go this far.— Arrogant Alien (@SonofArrogance) July 8, 2014
The self-professed “DC Comics fan” ‘ArrogantAlien’ claims that the script being discussed was drafted by him in a matter of days, before being leaked online. It’s impossible to tell what is true and what isn’t in this entire development, until some evidence or clarification from Warner Bros. is offered. But we trust the coming days and weeks will help sort the whole thing out.
What do you make of this situation? Are you glad to hear that the rumored script may not be accurate after all? Or were you hoping that its characters – or Warner Bros.’ master plan – were the real deal? Share your thoughts in the comments.
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice releases on May 6th, 2016.
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