Forget Batfleck. Will Justin Bieber be the next Man of Steel sequel casting choice to set the Internet ablaze?
The singer posted a photo of himself Friday night with a script for Batman VS. Superman, written by David S. Goyer and Zack Snyder. The cover page features a "Bieber" watermark, as if the script were meant specifically for him.
Bieber's photo was liked more than 346,000 just four hours after being posted, and sparked a number of comments from distressed Batman fans, with one young woman declaring "Batman would be ruined forever" and others wondering if the teen star would play Robin.
But not so fast, Bat-fans. Bieber tweeted earlier Friday that he was doing some work with Funny or Die Friday, so perhaps the phony script had something do with that.
Off to do something funny or...die :)
— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) September 13, 2013
In a fun detail, the script claims to be based on Batman: The Dark Knight Falls – the fourth issue of Frank Miller's 1986 classic The Dark Knight Returns comic book series. The issue features an epic battle between Batman and Superman, and during the Comic-Con announcement of the project, Man of Steel actor Harry Lennix read a passage from the issue, in which Batman revels in his defeat of Superman.
"I want you to remember, Clark," Lennix said, "in all the years to come. In all your private moments. I want you to remember my hand at your throat. I want you to remember, the one man who beat you."
At Comic-Con, Snyder said they were not adapting The Dark Knight Returns, which features an older Batman and Superman.
Warner Bros' still untitled sequel to Man of Steel, starring Henry Cavill as Superman and Ben Affleck as Batman, hits theaters July 17, 2015.