First, let’s talk about this ridiculous rumor that started going around. Honestly, I can’t believe it gained as much traction as it did, but such is the wonderful (and horrible) thing about the internet: things spread quickly. The rumor was that Warner Bros. hired Kevin Smith to produce a fake script for Batman v. Superman in order to keep others from knowing the facts behind Zack Snyder’s film. As such, this fake script is the one notable news sites have been reporting on, meaning they’re not accurate reports.
I could see why some people would buy into it, after all plenty of news has come from Kevin Smith and he seemed to know more about the film than you’d expect. Either way, it’s a little out there. Mostly, I can’t see a studio wasting money on hiring someone to do a fake script. It’s a total waste of resources to put into other areas of the production. Monetarily, it’s not an expense I think studios would be willing to add to their budget. Anyway, Kevin Smith finally spoke out about the rumors on his blog, saying:
Since last year at this time, I’ve been enjoying an unexpected period of prolificacy with screenplays. It all started with CLERKS III and was followed by me finishing nearly 5 scripts in a year, including the fall release TUSK. After TUSK, I penned ANTI-CLAUS (formerly COMES THE KRAMPUS) and a sitcom pilot that’s now seeing some action (both co-written with Professor Andy McElfresh from the EDUMACATION podcast). Then I wrote YOGA HOSERS and now I’m in the middle of MOOSE JAWS.
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.
Makes total sense to me. With all that he does, pumping out a fake script seems like a waste of his time and not something he’d do. Oh well, at least that’s one rumor put to rest. While talking about the rumor, Kevin Smith used the article to also debut the first poster for his upcoming film, Tusk:
The film will hit later this year, but Smith is bringing the first trailer to SDCC 2014.