‘Batman Vs. Superman’: Have Massive Plot Spoilers Been Leaked by a Disgruntled Crew Member?

The recent release date delay is rumored to have caused massive layoffs in the art department, the source for these rumors.
The recent release date delay is rumored to have caused massive layoffs in the art department, the source for these rumors.

Last week, Warner Bros. confirmed that it is pushing the release of Batman Vs. Superman from July 17, 2016 to May 6, 2016, giving the filmmakers more time to fully realize their immense vision for the ambitious sequel, which features Superman (Henry Cavill), Batman (Ben Affleck) and Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot). Like any production of this magnitude, there has been an abundance of rumors floating around in regards to the Man of Steel follow-up.

Today, we have even more grist for the rumor mill, from a NeoGaf message board user named "James Woods," who reportedly learned a number of plot details from a source who worked in the art department before he was fired last week, which may have stemmed from the release date shift.

Of course, none of this has been confirmed, but if this information is true, there will be massive spoilers below, including new details about the cliffhanger ending we reported about yesterday, which villains are involved and details on how Wonder Woman and Aquaman fit into the story. If you don't want to be spoiled, then stop reading now.

"Time for some possible bullshit. These are rumors I've heard from someone that got fired from the production recently (like the past week). Take this with a grain of salt though, folks. Seriously. Please note that there are some major spoilers here if any of it is true."


  • The villains are Lex Luthor and Metallo.
  • Batman forms a UN type deal to stop Superman from destroying another city.
  • Aquaman is in it, but not called Aquaman. He's there because the world engine in the ocean did something to the fish.
  • Jason Momoa is definitely up for Aquaman.
  • Wonderwoman poses as a Wayne Enterprises investor to retrieve an item that belongs to her people.
  • Lex Luthor is in the shadows a lot, a manipulator. Not much face time with Superman.
  • Robin betrayed Batman at some point, leading to a falling out between them.
  • The Batcave was super cool looking, and the mobile looked similar to (Tim) Burton's
  • Lois is investigating Lex.
  • Metallo "kills" Clark.
  • The Daily Planet is bought by Lex Luthor for PR purposes.
  • At the end Superman is living in exile, and the Justice League is an government approved superhero team.

***** END SPOILERS *****

My source is someone from the art department that supposedly got shitcanned (apparently a bunch of them were fired). I confirm nothing. Just passing along what I heard. Take it with the proper amount of salt."

Latino Review dug deeper into the claim that several art department workers have been fired. The site couldn't find any group of employees working for Warner Bros. or producer Christopher Nolan's production company Syncopy Entertainment who were fired. However, there are some union contracts that allow employees to move off a project, if it doesn't meet a certain "trigger date." The release date being moved to 2016 has opened this window for some employees, who the site have confirmed have "moved on," although they can't confirm that anyone was fired.

However, we have heard about Batman's falling out with Robin before, along with Jason Momoa being in contention to play Aquaman, although he was initially rumored to play either Doomsday or Martian Manhunter. We first heard about Metallo's inclusion back in December, with Callan Mulvey rumored to be up for the villainous role, along with another report that Lex Luthor and Metallo will be the sequel's two villains.

We reported yesterday that Joaquin Phoenix is very close to signing on as Lex Luthor. That report also included details about the sequel's cliffhanger ending, which Warner Bros. will employ in all of their superhero films from now on, to differentiate themselves from Marvel and their end-credits teaser scenes. If the details on this ending provided by "James Woods" are true, it most certainly will set the scene for Justice League, which was rumored last week to be shot back-to-back with Batman Vs. Superman.

Of course, it's possible that all of these details came from an earlier draft of the script that isn't being used anymore. We reported last month that Oscar-winning screenwriter Chris Terrio (Argo) has signed on to rewrite the script, although it isn't known if he is simply polishing David S. Goyer's original draft, or if he is performing a bigger overhaul.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice comes to theaters March 25th, 2016 and stars Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Amy Adams, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Gal Gadot, Jesse Eisenberg, Jeremy Irons. The film is directed by Zack Snyder.

Sources: NeoGaf, Latino Review

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Comments (44)

  1. Alan Michael Parker

    I didn't really like Man of steel and I've got a feeling that Ben Affleck could be like George Clooney bad as Batman, But I'll still give it a shot and hope I'm wrong.

    1 year agoby @Alan-Michael-ParkerFlag

  2. Hideki Ryuga

    Fake or not
    am still going to see this.
    Like the idea of nightwing coming into the movie

    1 year agoby @h-ryugaFlag

  3. TheDarkKnight_28

    I think that is anyone believes these rumors are gullible, First, Jesse Eisenberg is Lex Luthor not Joaquin Phoenix. This has been confirmed already. Plus with this information leaked out who is to say that this is going to be the plot from here on out and Metallo is going to be the next villain. There will be a rewrite which will set them back from filming when they were supposed to, So thanks to this nut case that came out and started these rumors. He is going to make us wait longer. Why do you think he got fired in the first place? Because he is an Idiot. How does someone get fired from working on a major film such as this? Because he is a Moron. What production studio, would want to work with someone like this. That is the awesome about working on a job or career ( a career is something you enjoy getting up every morning and going to work not counting the minute and hours while watching the clock to see when you get off work) as big as this, I know I would love to work in any major movie studio, that would be a great career for me. If I was in charge, I would have fired him also and so would you, I hope. If you know information that others do not (the public) you have to keep secrets. Why does he have to spoil it for every one else. So in turn this is going to make out lives hell.

    1 year agoby @thedarkknight-28Flag

  4. Ken451

    It wasn't like I was going to see it anyway I was curious about man of steel and wasted my Imax money never again they need a reboot.

    1 year agoby @Ken451Flag

  5. Dfella504

    who cares ....where still going to da movies

    1 year agoby @dfellaFlag

  6. Fry_3000

    Sounds interesting

    1 year agoby @Fry-3000Flag

  7. Mr.K

    Wow... You got to be kidding. This is the fakest piece of crap rumor information I've read. Seriously, how about an actual f*cking conformation on an ACTUAL plot for once.

    1 year agoby @mr-kFlag

  8. undeadslayer4

    @themoviefanatic because some of it sounds ridiculous and might even be like dkr if that happens

    1 year agoby @undeadslayer4Flag

  9. undeadslayer4

    @themoviefanatic because some of it sounds ridiculous and might even be like dkr if that happens

    1 year agoby @undeadslayer4Flag

  10. Sean

    @undeadslayer4 What do you hope is fake ?

    1 year agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  11. Sean

    @undeadslayer4 Yeah, I know. That's not good.

    1 year agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  12. Brizzy

    @tevii They're terrified of saying the names? Dude, they OPENLY called him SUPERMAN in Man of Steel several times.
    Im the dark knight trilogy, they called him Batman from the first scene where he put on the mask.
    What the f*ck are you talking about?

    1 year agoby @BrizzyFlag

  13. undeadslayer4

    @themoviefanatic they shouldve neer did that

    1 year agoby @undeadslayer4Flag

  14. undeadslayer4

    @Brizzy that would be awesome

    1 year agoby @undeadslayer4Flag

  15. undeadslayer4

    @instead8909 it always changes

    1 year agoby @undeadslayer4Flag

  16. undeadslayer4

    @tevii what cowards

    1 year agoby @undeadslayer4Flag

  17. Tevii

    The only thing that makes me wonder if this is true, is the fact they said their changing Aquaman's name. WB is TERRIFIED of using the characters names (despite the fact they have stood the test of time) "The Dark Knight", "Arrow", "Man of Steel" in MOS they even beep out Loius saying "Superman" WB is SO SCARED to use the characters real names all due to ANTIQUATED market research. Marvel uses all their character names with ZERO problems. If WB cant even have faith in their characters, then they will never deliver movies that can compete with Marvels... too bad too, since Im a DC guy

    1 year agoby @teviiFlag

  18. Rogerscorpion

    He says the pushed it BACK, from July 17, 2016 to May 6, 2016. May comes before July, on my calendar.

    1 year agoby @rogerscorpionFlag

  19. AshesFend

    I welcome their decision to push it back almost a year. It's been clear DC's only tried to rush in order to meet Marvel's success. And that would have been a huge mess. I have a little more faith knowing they got over that idea and decided to take their time. Now, if it's not amazing though, it'll be a big letdown.

    1 year agoby @ashesfendFlag

  20. gerard kennelly

    Joaquin was in HER and THE MASTER
    i doubt he has any interest playing lex luthor

    1 year agoby @gerard-kennelly-19950112Flag

  21. Santiago Belandres

    first of all the art dept wouldn't know plot details that have nothing to do with design. secondly lmao at anyone who thought this movie would be good in the first place.

    1 year agoby @Santiago-BelandresFlag

  22. Jonathan Farley

    Didn't Bryan Cranston sign a multi picture deal with WB and he was to be Lex Luthor?

    1 year agoby @Jonathan-FarleyFlag

  23. Mka47

    i know you have to take this stuff with a grain of salt. but, for anyone complaining that hey hoped the movie isn't spoiled for them, why did you just read an article clearly marked spoilers?

    1 year agoby @mka47Flag

  24. WhiskeyDeltaEcho

    @ObiWanShinobi if the above article is true about Batman having a falling out with robin, then that adds a level of validity to the nightwing rumors.

    1 year agoby @WhiskeyDeltaEchoFlag

  25. WhiskeyDeltaEcho

    If this synopsis is true. It would give a bit of validity to the rumor that Snyder is going the route of "The Dark Knight Returns". However it seems the roles of superman and Batman have been reversed. In the comic/movie it was superman who had a had a role in the government to stop Batman. Plus you add the falling out with robin which bring to mind that the rumors of nightwing are possibly true. I'm taking this with a grain of salt.

    1 year agoby @WhiskeyDeltaEchoFlag

  26. WongFu

    watch it I will.

    True or Not, it'll be changed.

    1 year agoby @instead8909Flag

  27. Cartman

    Metallo vs Superman would be an epic fight!! wish that it happens.

    1 year agoby @c-a-r-t-m-a-nFlag

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