Two popular and controversial rumors have recieved serious body-blows today, as the Batman and X-Men franchises both recieved major annoucements from major players. Brett Ratner told the nation (via MTV) that the third film will most definately mark a close to the X-Men franchise. "We wanted to make sure the audiences knew that this was a trilogy. Even though they weren't made together like 'Lord of the Rings,' this is really closure for the X-Men series" said Ratner. This seems to dispel rumors largely fulled by Vinnie Jones and his contract that a 4th and 5th film could be in the future.
Secondly, Bob Hoskins flatly denied any involvement with the Batman Begins sequel. Hoskins was originally rumored to be a frontrunner for the Penguin, and later rumored to be playing an Italian mobster. Contact Music asked Bob about this, and he simply replied "No, I'm not doing it." Although to be fair, they asked him about the Penguin...not the mafia guy. Apparently, they are behind on their rumors. However, Batman-On-Film has an insider tipster who cautions "I wouldn't put too much into the rumour Mr. Hoskins has said ‘no’ to a part in the Batman sequel. The fact is the film won't start shooting for at least another 10 or 11 months. It will be sometime before anyone is approached ‘seriously’ for a role." So Hoskins fans, we can continue to hope.