This has been a big week for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice news. Aside from the look at Henry Cavill in his full Superman costume, Latino Review reported on four minor villains in the movie. Badass Digest then called that report into question because it could have come from a leaked script. Now, a new report adds yet another wrinkle to this story.
Movieweb.com has received an email from "an anonymous source deep with the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice production" who claims Warner Bros. hired writer/director Kevin Smith to write a fake script for the movie. The plan was to leak this script online to throw people off the scent.
Below is the full email Movieweb.com received. Of course, take this with a huge grain of salt.
"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 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 were 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."
Latino-Review's El Mayimbe denounced the validity of this email on Twitter.
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