Rumors are funny things. The recent news that a Batmobile had been stolen from the set of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice took the internet by storm - which isn't exactly surprising, as - if true - that's about as big a story as you're ever likely to see.
I mean: "Batmobile Stolen From Set; Batman Has No Suspects". That bad boy is gold, any way you look at it.
The only problem? Sometimes rumors aren't as clear cut as they might seem.
For instance, that rumor that the Batmobile was stolen, which originally came from Bleeding Cool?
Y'know, this one:
"The scuttlebutt from sources in Detroit is that one of the Batmobile models being used in the filming of Batman Vs. Superman has gone missing, believed stolen."
The one that captured the hearts and minds of millions back on September 12...
The one that, if true, suggested that some swaggering carjacker was cruising the streets of Detroit in one of these...
Well, sadly, it turns out it's not so much what you would call 'true'.
Instead, as the Detroit Free Press (and, crucially, the Detroit PD) revealed September 13, the Batmobile is safe and sound, exactly where it's supposed to be:
Detroit police spokesman Sgt. Michael Woody said that police confirmed with producers of “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” that the vehicle has not been stolen, a rumor that proliferated on the web and social media on Friday.
“The Batmobile is safe in the Batcave where it belongs,” Woody said.
Which is ultimately really good news - unless you're The Joker.
After all, a theft of that magnitude would almost certainly delay filming, which none of us want to see. Even if it did mean we get to see a high speed car chase involving the Batmobile.
The story, though, had one final twist in store, that very same day.
Because honestly, it wouldn't be a Batman-related news story without a zany Zach Snyder twitter post. The only difference this time? He totally revealed the guy who tried to steal it in the first place:
Or, alternatively, was never missing in the first place.
But was Snyder going to miss out on as good a chance as that to take a pop at Star Wars Episode VII?
Not a chance.
Plus, we can most likely now expect a reply (probably with a Star Wars-related tease incorporate) from J.J. Abrams any day now... Which is always a good thing.
In the meantime we can bask in the knowledge that the Batmobile is safe and sound, and [Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice](movie:711870) is on course for its March 25, 2016 release date.