'Wonder Twins' Hoax Explanation: Activate!
The man behind last year's "Wonder Twins 2014" hoax comes clean, explaining the origins of a hoax he thought would be quickly forgotten.
You might remember the mysterious teaser poster for a Wonder Twins movie that appeared online last November, without explanation. With a text reading "KUNIS/KUTCHER/ACTIVATE 2014," the poster arrived bearing both WB and DC logos, but surely it couldn't have been legit, right … ?
Well, yes. Marc Tyler Nobleman, author of Boys of Steel: The Creators of Superman and Bill the Boy Wonder: The Secret Co-Creator of Batman tracked down the creator of the poster, Pat Evans, and asked him what inspired the hoax.
"With the spate of superhero movies being released, I think it was just me thinking it would be fun to do a spoof version of one. I thought, 'What would be the most preposterous superhero movie you could make?'" Evans revealed. "It was just unbelievable enough a concept that it could be true, if that makes sense."
The posters were originally printed up for the Comikaze convention, but Evans wanted to take the hoax wider -- and that meant sending out the remaining posters to comic stores around the U.S. "I said, 'What the hell, I’ll send it to some comic shops and see what happens.' I wanted to do something with them after all the trouble of having them made," he said. "I figured they’d pretty quickly know it was fake but maybe think it was funny and put it in their windows as a joke. I forgot about the magic of Twitter."
So now we know: There isn't a Wonder Twins revival in the offing -- but given the confused excitement that surrounded this hoax, maybe there should be. Hey, DC Entertainment, are you listening … ?