How does that Taylor Swift song go?
Haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate…
And the haters have gone so far as to apparently have created a Twitter spambot smear campaign against Batman Vs. Superman.
A Reddit user with a background in hacking and computer science has found a tweet on Twitter that apparently is getting put out by bot accounts.
The tweet reads: “Batman v Superman will be a two-hour tracking shot of every DC character crying in the rain” (or some version of that).
It’s thought the tweet is being put out there to negatively affect users’ opinions who search for “Batman v Superman.”
While this may sound like some sort of Lex Luthor-created conspiracy theory, you can search for yourself on Twitter and see the tweets, which are even put out by non-English speaking accounts.
Another user on Reddit, a social media marketing specialist, explained that someone probably paid for a blackhat technique that broadcasts one particular message through many fake Twitter bot accounts.
Here is a screenshot cited as evidence:
“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” has a March 25, 2016 release starring Ben Affleck as Batman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Laurence Fishburne as Perry White, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Jeremy Irons as Alfred, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Ray Fisher as Cyborg with Callan Mulvey, Holly Hunter as Senator Finch and Tao Okamoto as Mercy Graves. Justice League is to follow directed by Zack Snyder as well.
Fearing the actions of a god-like Super Hero left unchecked, Gotham City’s own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis’s most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. And with Batman and Superman at war with one another, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it’s ever known before.