5 Hollywood Rumors: ‘Batman v Superman’ Cast Rumors, and More

Each week, we bring you five of the biggest rumors that gossip sites and desperate bloggers have tossed around the Internet like imaginary hot potatoes. Sure, the sources for each rumor run the gamut from “unnamed” to “completely made up,” but that doesn’t mean we can’t take pleasure in the fantasy of it all. After all, Dr. Seuss himself once said that he liked nonsense because it “wakes up the brain”; if that’s the case, then this article will hit your brain like a bucket of cocaine-laced coffee!

1. Will Liam Hemsworth be one of the new Power Rangers?

Power/Rangers - Joseph Kahn

Source: Adi Shankar and Joseph Kahn

Ever since that satirically gritty short-film reboot of Might Morphin’ Power Rangers (MMPW) went viral earlier this year, Hollywood has been grinding its gears to capitalize on the popularity and churn out a full-length feature MMPW of its own. (Never mind that the original short film was, itself, making fun of Hollywood’s tendency to turn even the dumbest of franchises into realistic epics…).

The Martian’s Naomi Scott has already been confirmed as the “Pink Ranger.” This week, three other A-Listers were rumored to be joining the cast, including Liam Hemsworth, Chloe Grace Moretz, and Taylor Lautner (aka Gale Hawthorne, Jack Donaghy’s child-nemesis, and that werewolf from Twilight). I wonder how many Oscars this movie will win. Nine? A hundred?

2. Is Scott Eastwood playing Nightwing in Suicide Squad?

Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Source: Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Rumors and fan-theories about Scott Eastwood’s character in the upcoming Suicide Squad have been raging since his casting. The studio won’t confirm anything, but the most prominent theory as of this week is that Eastwood is playing none other than Dick Grayson, aka Nightwing, aka Robin’s alter-ego whenever he’s tired of being Batman’s sidekick (at least in some iterations). MoviePilot.com has a lot of theories as to how the film will incorporate Grayson, one of which is that he might not be Nightwing at all in this film’s version of the universe.

3. The after-party shenanigans for this season’s SNL premiere prompted Lorne Michaels to stage an intervention for hard-partying Miley Cyrus.

Source: NBC/Universal

Source: NBC/Universal

The greatest part about this rumor — which originated with Star magazine, so you know it’s got to be true — is the idea of Lorne Michaels staging an intervention for goddamn anybody. After four decades worth of producing the iconic sketch show, there have been a painfully large amount of addicts among its stars and hosts. I’m not solely blaming Michaels for this terrible trend, I’m just saying that SNL isn’t exactly known as a window to rehabilitation.

4. Loki AND the Hulk may be returning in Thor: Ragnarok.

Elisabetta Villa/Getty Images

Elisabetta Villa/Getty Images

Tom Hiddleston and Mark Ruffalo may be returning to the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Loki and the Hulk, respectively, in the upcoming Thor sequel. According to The Hollywood ReporterRuffalo is in final negotiations, and Hiddleston will join on if those negotiations work out. Should any of this be true, Thor: Ragnarok will end up having enough Marvel crossover to basically be an Avengers movie of its own (Hopefully it will make up for the sopping, convoluted mess that was Age of Ultron).

5. Jesse Eisenberg might not actually be playing Lex Luthor in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

Source: Warner Bros.

Source: Warner Bros.

It seems a lot of fans have taken issue with Jesse Eisenberg’s casting as Superman’s archenemy, Lex Luthor. Complaints have ranged from “He’s too young looking” to “I can’t see him being evil enough,” and all the ridiculous things that nerds say when they’re nervous about how their favorite franchises are being treated. Eisenberg detractors may be happy to hear that he may not be playing Lex Luthor at all; instead, he may actually be playing Luthor’s son, Alexander. HAPPY NOW?!

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