Okay guys, grab your salt shakers, because we’ve got another big rumor for you. According to MovieWeb, one of their sources “deep within the Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice production” has informed them that Warner Bros. hired writer/director/Batman fan extraordinaire Kevin Smith to write and leak a fake script for Batman V Superman. Apparently this was done to throw people off of the scent of the real script and away from the things Zack Snyder is actually trying to accomplish.
The fake script is supposedly the one Latino Review got a hold of and was the basis for their report about four additional villains joining the film. Honestly, I don’t know how I feel about this news, and I’m a bit skeptical about how true it is. But MovieWeb seems pretty confident about it, and shared their source’s letter explaining the details:
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.
If this story is true, it raises one major question: What rumors and speculation came from the fake script? My guess is that the story details that leaked before the Latino Review article a few days ago came from the actual production, while the 4-villain rumor – and additional details released by Badass Digest – are from Smith’s script.
Luckily, Kevin Smith is a pretty talkative and honest guy, so it may not be long until we hear straight from the horse’s mouth whether or not this is true. Make sure to keep an ear out for his Hollywood Babble-On podcast, where he often divulges in teasing Batman V Superman details and opens up about his thoughts about the film.
Tell us, do you believe that Warner Bros. hired Smith to pen a fake script for Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice?