In what Twitter has been calling “ScriptGate” (A play on the infamous Richard Nixon scandal Watergate from the 1970s), it appears one Twitter user has bested almost the entire internet with a fake script for Zack Snyder’s upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. We even reported a scoop from it last week, as many others did, with the “information” that Amanda Waller, Victor Zsazs, Morgan Edge, and David Cain would appear in the film.

The user behind it all, @SonOfArrogance, has come clean on Twitter after notoriously popular comic book fan and nerd-afficiando Kevin Smith posted this entry on his website earlier today:

…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. (Don’t know if it’s true or not, but this Twitter user is claiming credit for a fugazi script that’s currently being reviewed online.)

No, anything I’ve said about “Milo and Sage” was based on an image Zack showed me while hosting a MAN OF STEEL online event at Yahoo many months back. The little I know of the flick beyond that I learned from some cats involved (though never BatFleck himself; as I’ve said a few times now on the Babble-On podcast, beyond email, I haven’t spoken to Ben in years). Fun story, though.

Three of the "rumored" Villians to appear in BvS from the Fake Script
Three of the “rumored” villains to appear in BvS from the fake script

This all comes directly on the heels of controversy about Warner Brothers purposely spreading false rumors from a fake script Smith himself had written. On July 3rd, MovieWeb said that this was all part of one of the most grand ruses in all of tentpole history so that people would be so distracted by what isn’t in the film, they’d be blindsided by what was.
And guess where the above information came from? The same man who had written the fake script.

Speaking with us at The Bible of Zack Snyder, Son of Arrogance said his grand scheme was kicked into motion from lurking on IGN comments during Comic Con 2013, when Batman’s involvement in the film was officially announced:

“I am a regular commentator on IGN and when the movie was announced there was this uproar of negativity.
People were pissed about the casting, the director, the writer etc etc. And it was completely irrational. There was no sense to it. Just a bunch of people angry over what was ultimately nothing. There is no basis for anger in my opinion unless there is something tangible. Which there wasn’t just rumors. Coming from sites that couldn’t possibly know anything that early in the game.
It was a sort of internet tribalism that intrigued me.
So I decided to exploit that.”
After thinking, he went into decided action and wanted to “come up with a way to show the wider comic book and film community just how fragile the whole thing was.”
The script, Arrogance said, was written in just under 5 days at the end of June. Arrogance pieced together the script based on collected notes and rumors he had single-handedly spread through all manner of comic book news sites. He says the script itself was a very late part of his plan that a director friend of his had suggested.
@SonOfArrogance's Batman V Superman "Script"
@SonOfArrogance’s Batman v Superman “Script”
“Late last year I began to get close to several smaller sites and members of the media in an attempt to figure out the best way to get the fake info I had come up with out there. It was difficult at first. Some of my gossip got out. Doomsday as a villain. Green Lantern etc etc; but then enter Jesse Eisenberg and I had something good to work with.”

One of the very first rumors that had been circulated via Arrogance’s script was the description of Lex Luthor (Eisenberg) as a reformed street-thug who had the skyline of Metropolis tattooed across him to always remind him where he had came from. Latino Review posted a scoop in early February based on a snippet of the script that Arrogance had sent in.

“Yes, [Lex] was a total invention  of mine. I wrote 5 pages of a meeting between Lex and Bruce Wayne on Superbowl Sunday, while eating a burger and commenting online. I then leaked photos of that ‘script’ under the alias Kal Luthor. Took me all of five minutes. One of the biggest leaks I got out there and validated me with all of the smaller sites which I desperately needed at the time.”
After Kevin Smith posted the statement denying his involvement in the creation of a fake script, Arrogance tweeted about coming under heavy fire from fanboys and others – namely a site he had already submitted two of his “script leaks” to, which gained the site major traction.
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El Mayimbe just made a hollow threat about tracking my IP address. Nothing big.

People are pissed. And funnily enough it’s mostly because of rumors of my identity. People assume I’m in deep with the studio. Others assume I’m actually part of a gossip site.
So they’re mad and want answers.
Truth is I’m a regular guy with a laptop.

Arrogance stated that he had sent out blanket mails, namely the one mentioned earlier to MovieWeb, and that his strategy consisted of the idea that all it takes is one of the smaller news sites to run it before the bigger ones take notice. It dominoes from there.
Speaking about the script, Arrogance said that he would have fleshed it out even more, had he the time to do it. Arrogance says that the reveal had been just a bit premature on the script, but effective none the less on how he views the “fanboy” community when it comes to leaks and franchise wars.

Oh it’s worse than I had imagined. I hadn’t planned on blowing the whistle until I saw just how much my fake script turned fanboys into rabid idiots. Everybody had their opinion.
It is a subculture and it has a very serious darkside. Cyber bullying is rampant in the world on online fanboys and girls and the world of scoops is cut throat.
Arrogance went on to say that he needed this ruse to work before SDCC, because by then it would obviously all be debunked. The keyboard fire-starter then went on to eloquently compare the constant “Marvel vs. DC” mindset as a “Geek version of the Yankees vs. the Red Sox,” a comparison which couldn’t be more apt as the Marvel Studios movie-machine is about to go toe-to-toe with Warner Bros. and DC’s attempt to kick-start a universe through Zack Snyder’s upcoming Dawn of Justice and Justice League. 
Continuing, Arrogance said that he is a DC fan, but with Marvel Studios currently in the middle of their second phase of shared-universe money making, he said they are ahead of the game – hence their good press, as opposed to the constant beat-downs that DC/WB receive from the internet.
The internet, according to fanboys.
The internet, according to fanboys.
After the insane fall-out from Arrogance’s confession started to slowly die down, he commented with a stern and thoughtful observation on what he felt his bait had shown:
To the fans I’d like to show them that the majority of what they are arguing about online isn’t real. So when they call each other ‘fags’ or ‘bitches’ they should realize that they are championing nothing but attractive lies and judging things without any real evidence.
To the bloggers I say this: don’t exploit the ignorance of fanboys for clicks and have flame war baiting headlines that just seem to encourage that behavior. If [you’re] in the business of potentially damaging a filmmakers process before they even have the chance to present the finished product realize that there are people who will exploit you for that.
In closing, Arrogance stated what he felt made his script the one to break the internet’s back:
Simple the reason my script duped people was that it was earnest and I presented it as such. It was a slight of hand. The scripts being close to what was rumored blinded a lot of people to the obvious discrepancies.
Regardless of what Arrogance had set out to prove, the mysterious Twitter user exposed a growing problem in the world of internet comic book movie fans, such as cyber-bullying and the rampant franchise-war which, sadly, has yet to reach its peak. As Comic Con draws closer and the world waits with baited breath to see which of 2016’s behemoths will blink first: Captain America 3 or Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
The two films will mark the first time in history two warring companies and fandoms clash on the same weekend.
Arrogance did state, however, speaking of Zack Snyder, that his favorite film from the auteur is Man of Steel, “for obvious reasons.” He also enjoys Dawn of the Dead calling it an “inferior remake, but awesome on its own terms.”
Did the fake script debacle fool you, or are the Bible of Snyder faithful above the rumors? What is real and what is fake has now been thrown entirely out the window, and so has the entire stability of the “internet scoop game”.

6 COMMENTS

  1. Genius. Sums up all my opinions on “rumours” and fanboy bullshit. There is literally no way to 100% trust sites with scoops but yet some fanboys uses these baseless claims as facts to fuel their hatred – which in itself is pointless for a movie 2 years away.

    Also love the part about Marvel vs DC. For a long time I considered myself a Marvel guy but now Im leaning towards DC (still love FOX Marvel). A large part of that shift had to do with not only quality directors like Nolan and Snyder but that Marvel Studios fanboys were way too annoying and pretentious. I mean when you see someone attempt to defend Thor 2 as a great movie, you know they are blind. In my mind, a good movie is a good movie, regardless of the studio and in recent years Fox and WB have been making (and are making) more mature, exciting, and original films.

    • You stole the words right out of my mouth, Nick M. ^^ I was also a Marvel fan until I saw the the realistic, more mature touch that DC studios give to their movies. DC knows that they need to show respect to the superheroes that they are using in their films to make them legendary and unforgettable.

    • I don’t get people who stop liking a product because of it’s fans…I’m sure there’s plenty of pretentious Marvel fans for whom everything they do is perfect, but inversely you have to associate with the DC fans who think Man of Steel was a great movie.

  2. Erm, Watergate was like 1972. Please don’t disparage the awesomeness that was the 80’s with by confusing it with that crappy decade.

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