** MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS FOR BATMAN V SUPERMAN **
So last week a mysterious Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice "review" appeared online, courtesy of Reddit user ViolatingNDA (clever girl...). Claiming to have already seen the upcoming DC blockbuster - which isn't due in cinemas until March 25th - the aptly named ViolatingNDA writes that they lucked out the luck jackpot when purchasing tickets for a mystery screening from Warner Bros., ending up getting to view the highly anticipated Man of Steel follow up which will introduce Batfleck to the DC Cinematic Universe.
Of course you can take these details with a large pinch of salt, whilst it sounds pretty good this is Reddit, and we've been burned before. The bottom line should always be, don't believe what you read on the internet. Regardless ViolatingNDA described Batman V Superman as "the greatest comic book movie since The Dark Knight", high praise for a successor to the middlingly received Man of Steel.
Perhaps the most interesting part of the "review" (the comments on the Justice League aside), was big reveals around two players in the BvS game; one confirmed to be appearing, one just rumored. Read on to find out what's been reported but be advised - there may be spoilers here, or it may just be another lot of internet nonsense.
Rumors about Jena Malone (The Hunger Games, Sucker Punch) joining the cast have been swirling for ages now, with the strongest contenders for the role being either Barbara Gordon (Oracle / Batgirl) or Carrie Kelley, the young Robin who joins up with an older Batman in The Dark Knight Returns (upon which Batman V Superman is partially based).
According to the Reddit report Malone is appearing in the film as Barbara Gordon, but in a more reduced role. Appearing in a few scenes as the crippled Barbara, daughter of a now-dead Commissioner James Gordon, it sounds like she'll be growing into the Oracle role in future, perhaps showing up again as a Justice League supporter in Justice League Part One?
As for Scoot McNairy (12 Years A Slave, Halt and Catch Fire) - who has been spotted on set wearing green-screen CGI socks - he's apparently portraying an older version of Superman's long running sidekick Jimmy Olsen. The green socks had led to speculation that he might be playing The Flash as part of the Justice League, but now we know that part's going to Ezra Miller instead.
So it turns out that the green socks are there because his legs were damaged by falling debris during the events of Man of Steel, which makes sense as Batman V Superman is about Superman facing up to the fallout of his actions. Jimmy doesn't hold anything against Superman though, as he runs a blog supporting the Man of Steel. Good ol' Jimmy.
What Does Synder Have To Say About All This?
So Zack Synder, Man of Steel and Batman V Superman director has actually commented on the emergence of this review, and curiously enough he hasn't denied its factuality, though he did describe the post as "hilarious" so hey maybe it is all bullshit.
He did say however that he hopes fans will try to avoid spoilers, so if you've read this article it means Synder is disappointed in you:
"Of course I hate it when any spoilers come out! You design the movie as a story that evolves as you watch it, so moment-to-moment [you’re thinking], ‘Oh my god, what’s going to happen next? Are they gonna live? Are they gonna die?’ So you want that experience for the audience, as much as you can. If you’re, as an audience member, exploring these articles, looking for answers to questions that you have, maybe you’re okay with knowing before you go. It’s like an individual taste. But like I said, I want people to see the movie without knowing."
So there you go, speculation is fun but take it all with a pinch of salt. And spoil the movie for yourself as much as you want, but try to avoid spoiling it for others. We'll find out for sure what happens when Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice releases on 25th March 2016.