Itís a slow news week, and when legit news isnít filling the frame there is room for rumor to grow. There are two big ones today: that Joseph Gordon-Levitt is being primed to appear in Batman 3, perhaps as the Riddler, and that the big villain of Spider-Man will be the Lizard.
First up, Mr. Gordon-Levitt. This comes from Deadline and Movieline sister gossip site Hollywood Life, which claims that JGL has been tapped to play the Riddler in Batman 3. Thereís no substantiation to this, and since we donít even know if the script is finished (fairly certain it is not) it seems too early to call. But JGL is in Christopher Nolanís Inception, which makes it a lot easier to believe than almost every other Batman 3 rumor weíve heard; supposedly the rumor originated in a joke or comment made on the Inception set. And it certainly seems like a good idea.
For what itís worth, however, JGLís reps have already denied this, according to The Wrap. So leave it alone for now and wait for the script to be delivered.
And now Spider-Man. Earlier this week we heard that Michael Fassbender is up for two roles in Marvel-derived movies: Magneto in X-Men: First Class and the unnamed villain in Sonyís Spider-Man reboot. The impressive thing, given that there are a couple drafts of the Spider-Man script at this point, is that no one seems to know who the villain is. Whoíd be right for Fassbender?
Bleeding Cool says that it is the Lizard. The character was being primed to eventually appear in the series directed by Sam Raimi, as Dylan Baker played Peter Parkerís teacher Dr. Curt Connors. Thatís the alter-ego of the Lizard, who transforms into a sort of mean man-reptile after a genetic experiment to use lizard DNA to regrow his own human arm goes awry. Baker is out, given that the entire series cast is being replaced, so thereís certainly room for a new Connors and Lizard. And itís a character that could be threatening but not terribly expensive, and we havenít seen him on screen yet. So perhapsÖ