Methinks the rumor-mongers are getting lazy -- this has to be one of the most ridiculous bunches of gossip that I've heard in a while, but (as usual) it's too amusing to not share.

The Sun actually claims to have the scoop on the next installment of Christopher Nolan's Batman franchise. Once again, the Riddler's name is coming up, but instead of an intriguing choice like Johnny Depp, they say -- in all their infinite wisdom -- that it's Eddie Murphy. But just to make it even more unbelievable (and obnoxious) -- the report also states that Shia LaBeouf has signed on to play Robin.

I'd be utterly shocked if Nolan chose Murphy to be the Riddler; however, I'd be certain that Nolan had lost his mind if he decided to reinvent Batman Forever. That's just not his style, and why folks like Spielberg might love Shia, I think we can all agree that he would be an awkward choice for Robin -- if Nolan even considered the possibility. The Dark Knight made phenomenal progress with the world of superheroes when Heath Ledger provided the feature with such a layered performance, so we need someone with solid, intriguing, and dynamic talents. Any suggestions to give The Sun better material to run with? Oh, and in case you need us to spell it out for ya: This one ain't true.

Note: In cooler Batman news, though, Mark "Luke Skywalker" Hamill will voice The Joker in the new video game Batman: Arkham Asylum, while Kevin Conroy will voice Batman. Both have voiced the characters before; Hamill in animated Batman and Justice League programs and Conroy, well, for anything that wasn't a live-action movie.
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