An image popped up online purporting to show the end card on the upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice* trailer, and it's a doozy of a shocker - it shows that the movie has been cut in half, and that the movie we know, coming out in March of 2016, is just PART II, and that Part one is hitting October 23rd, 2015 with the awful subtitle Enter The Knight.
That title is actually bad enough that you can believe it, and the idea of splitting movies in half is so in vogue right now that this all seems terribly plausible. That said, I doubt it. First of all, I usually doubt these easily-faked viral images. But more than that, as someone with.... let's say familiarity with the script, I don't think they have two movies here. And if they did have two movies the first half certainly isn't Batman heavy enough to warrant Enter the Knight as the subtitle.
A lot has been made of multiple characters and concepts being introduced in this movie, but I can tell you that the story itself is fairly streamlined. Could they have added to the script with which I'm familiar? Sure, they definitely could have. But while I could see Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice clocking in at a solid two hours and twenty minutes I'm hard-pressed to imagine how they're getting another hour and a half out of the movie.
If they were to cut it in half, I guess they could cut it at the big Superman and Batman fight, which comes about halfway through the film. But that fight isn't huge, and there isn't enough action in the first half of the movie to make that a whole film all its own. And then there's so much action in the second half as Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman battle Doomsday in Metropolis and Gotham that you'd end up with two very, very lopsided movies. It works as an escalation in the full script, but without major additions it seems limp.
There's one more thing about this, and it could be a small spoiler: Ray Fisher, who plays Cyborg, said he only had scenes with Ben Affleck. I'm pretty sure Cyborg is only in this movie as a cameo, and that's at the very, very end as Batman assembles the Justice League. If they were cutting this movie in two it seems likely that Fisher's part would have been beefed up at least a little bit.
It says a lot about current Hollywood practices that some people automatically believe this. And I was skeptical about Avengers 3 being split in half at first. But everything about this - including the immediacy of the release date, which means there's a lot more crunch on the FX end then we were led to believe - feels completely, totally wrong.
* you know the drill.