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Don't believe the hype, Kevin Smith did not write a fake 'Superman' script

Posted Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at 4:17 PM Central
Last updated Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at 4:20 PM Central

by John Couture

Kevin Smith has given himself the self-appointed moniker "Silent Bob" in his films, but the man behind the myth is anything but quiet. When Kevin Smith speaks, people listen like he's EF Hutton (for you youngsters, I've included a video below so that you can get this pop culture reference).

So, it's no surprise that when rumors started circulating that he had written a disinformation campaign script for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the man himself would address them in short order.

In fact, in true Kevin Smith fashion, he did more than that. He teased and coaxed us all that a statement would be forthcoming today.

I mean these rumors had to be false, right? True, Kevin Smith had already written a Superman script back in the day, but surely he wouldn't simply write a script for pure fancy, would he? I mean it's not like he and Warner Bros. have the best relationship (rocky at best, most likely better than most will allow), so why would he throw them a bone?

Kevin took to his woefully underutilized blog to dispel the rumors of his involvement in this fake script. That's too bad because I've long been a strong supporter of using misinformation for these huge blockbusters. Oh well, perhaps Hollywood will see the success of this fake script and build misinformation campaigns in the future to protect their tentpole properties.

Kevin Smith did take the opportunity to update his progress on some of his other projects and drop the first poster for Tusk. The poster, which can be see above is a very cool horror scene that hints at the walrus' tusks and evokes a bit of Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas. You can see a higher resolution image of the poster on the film's official site as well as listen to the podcast that inspired the film.

Kevin also revealed that he will debut the trailer in two weeks at San Diego Comic Con (SDCC). Interestingly, there was no update on the mystery casting of Guy Lapointe which we've speculated is none other than Johnny Depp. It makes one wonder if there will be a special guest at Kevin Smith's panel at SDCC.

Beyond Tusk, Kevin also talked about the other projects that he's been working on in the last year. It seems that his podcasts are becoming quite the fertile ground for scripts as he's also written Anti-Claus and "Yoga Hosers" based on different episodes. "Yoga Hosers" is going to be a spin-off of sorts of Tusk as the main characters from that film have a small cameo in Tusk.

There is also an unamed TV sitcom pilot and a film called "Moose Jaws," which he didn't elaborate on, but is presumably centered in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, a city in Canada. In other news, the Weinsteins passed on Clerks III, but that doesn't mean that the film is dead.

There was no update on Hit Somebody, but given Kevin's overflowing "retirement" plate, it's probably a good bet that the film has been postponed indefinitely if not altogether killed off. We never bought the retirement talk and couldn't be more pleased that Kevin Smith is having this second life as a filmmaker because he only cares about making films that only he can make.

This is good news to our ears because we happen to love the films that he makes. For those kids of the 1980s, here is your EF Hutton primer.