Okay, it’s time to sick Gary Busey on some people. Yesterday, I reported on a few items from a recent mailbag on Batman-On-Film. In the report, I made it clear that none of this was to be taken as fact. I even included the author’s own disclaimer at the top of the mailbag. Then, when it got down to this item regarding Wonder Woman’s origin in Batman vs Superman I specifically prefaced it with “He also speculates that she, and the island of Amazons from which she comes, will be descendants of the Kryptonians that landed on earth centuries ago to survey the planet.”
But then what happened? Everyone and their mother LOST THEIR MINDS. There was a mass deletion in people’s brains of what the definition of “speculation” is, and people started reporting on it and discussing it as if they’d just heard Zack Snyder say it himself.
Now you have guys like Devin Faraci at BadAssDigest writing articles DEBUNKING someone’s personal SPECULATION. That’s right. There are now Thought Police. If you, or anyone you know, has a crazy idea about something you think might be happening in Batman vs Superman, be careful. People will dedicate site space towards condescendingly telling you that you’re wrong even when you make perfectly clear that it’s your own creative musing. “It seems like Batman On Film was just making stuff up and floating it.” Uh…yeah. That’s kinda…sorta…what speculation is. You cook something up in your head, then share it with others.
If you’re one of the people that flew off the handle and ran with the BoF speculation as if it were factual…guess what?
Gary Busey thinks you’re dumb.
Now that I got that off my chest, there are indeed “inside sources” coming out of the woodwork to say that Wonder Woman will not, in fact, be Kryptonian. Of course, no one has gone on record, but several outlets that claim to be “in-the-know” say that there’s no merit to BoF’s speculation.
Also, for the record, here’s the actual quote from Batman-On-Film that got everyone so fired up. It was so lightweight that I didn’t even give it it’s own bullet-point when I reported on it yesterday:
With all that said, I’d bet a year’s pay – in MONOPOLY money, of course – that the “Amazons” of this cinematic DCU will be descendants of those “ancient Kryptonians” who attempted to set up Kryptonian outposts throughout spacedom thousands and thousands of years ago. Furthermore, I say that Wonder Woman will be powered-down, if you will, relative to Superman because these Amazons have evolved and adapted to living on Earth for hundreds of centuries. And since Kryptonians are produced without any “He’n and She’n” – Jor El and Lara excluded – couldn’t this original Kryptonian on Earth have used this reproductive science to create an all-female race? I say yes!
See the running theme here? It’s all clearly, and directly-stated, his own personal theory.
I suppose the only good thing to come from this blatant example of “Peeple kant read good” is that the idea has seemingly been debunked. Then again, the people doing the debunking are vague and mysterious entities. So who knows, right?
Hmm…my turn to speculate.
I think Superman is going to kill Batman, then feel guilty about it, leading him to don the cowl for the sequel which will be loosely based on Superman: Speeding Bullets.
Let’s tackle this thing. While the vast majority of you understood and appreciated the intent of this piece, there are a couple of you who were bothered. I will actually take time out of my night, because I feel bad, to clarify a couple of things:
1- No, this was not aimed at you. I’m sorry if you felt that I was calling YOU, the readers, dumb. If you re-read the piece, you’d see that it’s aimed at the folks that actually reported this as fact- i.e. outlets, journalists, reporters. (“people started REPORTING on it [...],” “people that flew off the handle and RAN WITH [as in, "running a story"] the BoF speculation[...],” “People will dedicate site space towards condescendingly[...]“ are examples of me specifying who my targets are). So if you’re a reader and you felt I was attacking you, my apologies. This wasn’t aimed at you.
2- Some of you are accusing me of creating “clickbait,” which isn’t a misunderstanding…as much as it is misguided. If I wanted the Wonder Woman rumor to be clickbait I would’ve A) Put it in the headline, B) NOT prefaced it with a disclaimer, C) NOT referred to it as his personal speculation, and D) I would’ve highlighted it in some way. If you go look at the article, I didn’t even give it it’s own bullet-point. Just sort’ve tacked it onto the end of his other WW answer. Heck, I would’ve lead with it if I was hoping to generate heat, instead of burying it in the middle of the list. I was as surprised as anyone when I came back and saw that that was the item everyone was talking about.
3- In general, there’s entirely too much heat surrounding this harmless thing. Even on BoF this thing was under-played. If you go to the site, there’s no blazing headline: “WONDER WOMAN WILL BE FROM KRYPTON.” There’s nothing anywhere, really, except in the text slapped into the middle of a general mailbox update. In fact, the title of the piece is simply: The BOF Mailbag- “Happy New Year 2014.”
It’s fairly plain to see that it was never intended to be a big deal. It was his own playful musing with his readers. One he disclaimed, took responsibility for as being HIS theory, and stated in a lighthearted way with the wager of a year’s salary in Monopoly money. That anyone is outraged at him, or furious at me for passing his thoughts along, is kind of baffling- especially since he and I were extremely careful to label this pure speculation.
So, again, to anyone that was offended by this piece- I’m sorry. My anger is aimed solely at the folks who failed in their responsibilities by carrying the story as anything more than one man’s harmless theory. You? The reader? I freakin’ LOVE you. Come on, let’s hug it out. Between you and I, you’re my favorite. Don’t tell anyone…