Have you ever heard the name Cody Sousa? Yeah, me neither. That's because he's an actor who's never really been in any major film productions (or even minor ones, far as I can tell). However, according to Mr. Sousa's IMDb filmography, the young actor has some major films currently in production/development.
Yes, if the always-to-be-believed listings of IMDb are anything to go by [sarcasm alert!], then you could soon be seeing Cody Sousa starring in the likes of Nightmare on Elm Street 2 and World War Z - or as the titular hero in the big-screen adaptation of Johnny Quest. He's also apparently been cast in prominent superhero roles such as Shazam! , the new Human Torch in Fantastic Four: Reborn and as Dick Grayson in a little film called Batman 3.
That's right, Cody Sousa is listed as playing the alter-ego of Batman's Boy Wonder, Robin, in Chris Nolan's upcoming third entry in his Batman series. And, for my part, I don't think Nolan and Warner Bros. could have made a better a better choice...
Ok, so I couldn't even keep a straight face while I was typing that! I mean COME ON, REALLY??? Were we really supossed to believe - for even one tiny sliver of a micro second - that this kid Sousa has been cast as one of Freddy Krueger's victims in the next Elm Street - let alone as the new Human Torch - LET ALONE as Dick Grayson in the most popular superhero franchise around? REALLY?
If you think I'm making all this up, check out Cody Sousa's IMDb page for yourself. Crazy, right?
Obviously somebody close to this kid (or who really, really, dislikes him) wanted him to get some increased exposure and went to great (read: slimy) lengths to make it happen. Well, considering that Sousa's popularity is up 3,713% on IMDb this week - not to mention the fact that I'm posting about this - I guess his benefactor (detractor?) should consider his or her mission thoroughly accomplished.
Not that anybody reading this should necessarily fault Mr. Sousa himself for this obvious prank-gone-wrong. While digging into the matter I came across one of the IMDb message boards, in which people were already getting riled up about the false info being presented. In response, a user dubbed "GotBatman" (who I've verified is Sousa himself), had the following to say about the situation:
well wasn't me and sorry about it :/I'm pissed whoever did this (I'm pretty sure I know who)I wouldn't ever want to sneak up to the top by lying about rolesand IMDB takes forever to take something down (I've been deleted it everyday to no avail)
Poor guy. To quote the old saying "It's never your enemy that does you in - it's always those closest to you."
Of course anyone obsessing about Batman 3 (and if you're reading this you're probably one of them) already knows that Nolan has made it clear in the past that he has no interest in bringing any 'Boy Wonders' into his Batman universe.
Still, just because Nolan (and a fairly large contingent of Bat fans) have decreed that Robin should be a strict no-go for Batman 3, that shouldn't stop us here at Screen Rant from asking "Should Robin be in Batman 3?" which we'll be sure to do in an upcoming op-ed where we can all discuss and argue the matter at length :-) .
For now, is this Cody Sousa situation funny or just annoying to you? One thing is for certain, though: IMDb might want to keep a tighter leash on their update standards.
Source: IMDb (Special thanks to reader "Ari W." for pointing this our way)