The UK Sun is reporting some hefty "Batman 3" rumors implying that director Christopher Nolan has signed none other than Eddie Murphy to play the role of The Riddler and that Shia LaBeouf would be on board for the role of Robin. It is critical to emphasize the part of the sentence that says "the UK Sun is reporting."
Hardly famous for its accuracy, (if that's what you want to call bold-faced lies,) if the UK Sun was simply yanking our chains, you would think that they would approach the task in a much smarter way. The headline in huge text reads "Eddie is new Riddler in Batman" with a photoshopped pic of Murphy's head swapped out with Jim Carey's as the Riddler. Almost hidden among the text of the article, is a statement that almost nonchalantly reads "Execs have also signed up rising Transformers star Shia LaBeouf, 22, to play Robin." As if to say "Hey guiz, Eddie Murphy's gonna be the Riddler!!!....Oh and Shia LaBeouf as Robin, yada, yada." (Not to say that the latter would have been good news, mind you.) Almost as if to legitimize this mess, they then mention the rumor regarding Rachel Weisz as Catwoman, which while still a loose rumor, has been treated seriously.
Among other "oh no they didn't" rumors mentioned: The film is under the working title Gotham. (**cough**Bull***t!**cough**) Also, the film will apparently end in a cliff-hanger in which we are left wondering if Batman survives a blast in Wayne Towers. (**cough**Bull***t!**cough**)
It's a funny thing being online late at night, checking the latest news, only to find this major bit of news reported with such certainty, yet not finding it reported on any of the news wires, or any other site except as a "just for kicks" link on The Drudge Report, almost as if there was a credibility issue here. (Imagine that?) But you know what? People are talking about it, and perhaps that was their only intention. A big laugh had by all. Ha, ha...