Despite directing one of the worst movies of Ben Affleck‘s career and not speaking to him for years, Kevin Smith has somehow had unprecedented access to Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice‘s development. Turns out he may or may not have been commissioned by Warner Bros. to write a fake script as part of a misinformation campaign that this information itself could just as well be a part of. Think Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, but nobody gets laid. Movieweb reports:
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.
Could this be true? I dunno, maybe? We’ll never know until Kevin Smith decides to brag about it once he’s done literally crying on the set of the Star Wars: Episode VII because he actually LIKED the prequels and should never be asked for an opinion on anything until the day he dies. The important thing is that hopefully this means casting Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor was one big, giant joke for everyone except Jesse Eisenberg.
“Alright, guys, I shaved my head. How do I look?”
“Holy shit, nobody told you?”
“Told me what? Hey, who’s that bald guy talking to Hen- Noooo.”
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