The Addictive Power of Rumors

How many of you heard that rumor that actor Bryan Cranston might play Lex Luthor in the teamup movie Batman vs. Superman?  Even though he has officially denied it, many people and even mainstrean media were quick to eagerly spread the tantalizing speculation.  Then it was rumored that Benedict Cumberbatch might be in line to star in the next Star Wars movie.  Fans were eager to believe it -- he would make an excellent Grand Admiral Thrawn if (maybe, possibly) beloved characters from the expanded universe of the novels were included in the new movies now that Disney owns the franchise.  It wouldn't be too far-fetched, after all he already worked with director J.J. Abrams in Star Trek: Into DarknessIn a recent interview, Cumberbatch didn't totally shoot down the buzz.  Remember, denials are sometimes part of the game until the final contracts are signed and a press release makes the news official. Abrams first denied the rumors that he was in line to direct the new Star Wars episodes, and then it was revealed that he in fact would take over the steering wheel of the saga.

Fan-boys-and-girls (like me) are too often caught up in the world of spoilers and unsubstantiated scoops that usually turn out to be bogus. Yet, we still get excited when we hear about a possible new title for an anticipated motion picture.  (Would they really call it Star Wars: Episode VII -- A New Dawn?)  We enjoy being one of the first to hear a tidbit of information about an upcoming film or television series and we delight in spreading the news, even if it's nothing more than gossip.  Still, the hearsay could turn out to be true -- James Spader was cast as Ultron in the sequel to Marvel's The Avengers! The subtitle for the fourth Transformers movie will be Age of Extinction! It gives fans something to talk about (and often complain about) until the actual film is released.

Sometimes I suspect that a few of the rumors originate with the studios as they test the waters of some ideas, or with publicists trying to place the seed of their clients in the minds of casting directors and producers.  Much of it is just false, so we have to take it all with a grain of salt until it's proven to be true.