Take this one with a grain of salt, but if it's true, we have a newfound respect for Zack Snyder’s savvy insanity.
MovieWeb is reporting that Kevin Smith (Clerks, Dogma), the acclaimed writer and director, was commissioned by Warner Bros. to write a completely fake script for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice for the sole purpose of leaking it to the media to throw reporters off the scent of the film’s real storyline.
The report states tidbits of the fake script are being leaked around to “throw the scent off” what director Zack Snyder is really doing with the Man of Steel sequel. The scoop reportedly comes from someone inside the studio’s marketing department, and says the fake script has been the source of “almost every leaked detail about the movie for the last six months.”
It goes on to claim Warner Bros. is planting seeds of legitimacy by shooting out cease-and-desist letters to sites that post the (fake) details, so folks will think it's true.
So, is it true? Who knows? Kevin Smith is a legit geek, and the scooper claims he actually came up with the idea himself after being approached by the studio to consult on the real script (which makes enough sense, considering he’s pals with star Ben Affleck). Apparently Smith took an early draft of the working script and tossed in a ton of red herrings and fakeouts, which sounds like something he might actually do just for the heck of it.
If this does turn out to be true, and we really have been secretly fed a bunch of fake details, then our hats are off to Warner Bros. and Snyder’s team for actually pulling it off. It’d be an ambitious push back against the scoop-tacular mentality we all have these days, and would actually leave a few surprises when this thing (finally) makes it to theaters.
What do you think? Did Kevin Smith really write a fake script?