That ‘Wonder Twins’ Movie Poster Was A Hoax, But Not The One Everyone Thought
Back in November, a weird poster that seemed to promote a Wonder Twins movie starring Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher popped up in a few comic shops. As photos of the poster spread around the comics Internet, a lot of folks wondered what it was all about.
The odds of a real, but not-yet-announced Wonder Twins movie coming out in 2014 were low, at best, but could it be a piece of viral marketing for something else? Maybe the Entourage movie, given that the HBO series had gone swimming in DC’s waters with Aquaman? It turns out, according to an interview with BatPodcast host Pat Evans on Bill the Boy Wonder author Marc Tyler Nobleman’s blog, that the people that guessed it was a Warner Bros. hoax were half right. It’s definitely a hoax, but WB had nothing to do with it.
Evans explains his thinking:
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?” Naturally, the Wonder Twins sprang to mind.
They were perfect, because it was just unbelievable enough a concept that it could be true, if that makes sense. “So crazy it might work” kind of logic. And Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher were kind of the clincher because they are in the media a lot now as a real-life couple. So it added that extra layer of “huh?”
Evans said he came up with the idea almost a year ago, which explains the 2014 date on the poster. “I should have changed it to 2015— maybe that would have made it more believable as an actual film,” he said.
The podcast host and part-time graphic designer debuted the poster at last year’s Comikaze convention in Los Angeles, but when he didn’t get much of a reaction there, he decided to send a bunch out to comic shops in major cities around the United States. “I wanted to do something with them after all the trouble of having them made,” he said.
In the end, Evans said he got the reaction he wanted, which was bemused confusion.