Despite what you may have read Friday on social media and on a handful of websites, the Batmobile wasn’t stolen from the Detroit set of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. However, that didn’t stop director Zack Snyder from having a little fun with the rumor.
“The Batmobile is safe in the Batcave where it belongs,” Detroit Police Department spokesman Sgt. Michael Woody told the Detroit Free Press, which confirmed with “sources close to the production” that the vehicle hadn’t been stolen.
The theft rumor began to circulate Thursday on Twitter — the day after Snyder revealed an official photo of the Batmobile — possibly originating as a joke at Detroit’s expense. Bleeding Cool later picked up on what it called “the scuttlebutt from sources in Detroit,” which was enough to spur CBS Detroit into action.
As with many Internet rumors, this one turned out to be false. But if the Batmobile had been stolen, Snyder is pretty confident he knows who did it:
Case closed. pic.twitter.com/fVyENoksFp
— ZackSnyder (@ZackSnyder) September 13, 2014
It’s only the most recent franchise mashup from the filmmaker, who previously tweeted photos of Henry Cavill as “Super Jedi,” and Batman and R2-D2 in a desert landscape. J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions responded to the latter with a mashup of its own, depicting a cape-wearing C-3PO standing watch over Gotham.
Opening March 25, 2016, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice stars Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne, Diane Lane, Jesse Eisenberg, Jeremy Irons, Holly Hunter and Scoot McNairy.