For every real piece of news, there's a hundred crazy rumors and unconfirmed reports. This year provided tons of vital hints at future entertainment...as well as a lot of wonderfully ridiculous rumors. Here's the coolest and wrongest spoilers of 2010.
Jeremy Renner will play Hawkeye. This rumor goes all the way back to November 2009, when Renner simultaneously dismissed the rumors he'd be playing Captain America and confirmed he and writer Zak Penn were discussing Hawkeye. However, it would be another eight long months of rumors and hearsay before Renner was finally officially announced as Hawkeye.
Spider-Man is being rebooted with a relatively unknown cast, a high school aged Peter Parker, a smaller budget, and the Lizard as the villain. When Sam Raimi's fourth Spider-Man film fell apart, a bunch of rumors began to swirl. The franchise would be immediately rebooted with a younger, cheaper cast. The new film would be slightly grittier and more realistic, with the Lizard emerging as the favored villain. And, most importantly, Sony wasn't going to spend nearly as much on this film as it had on Spider-Man 3. Flash forward to the end of 2010, and rising stars Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone are playing high school versions of Peter Parker and his first love Gwen Stacy opposite Rhys Ifans as the Lizard in an $80 million film directed by 500 Days of Summer's Marc Webb. Yeah, that sounds about right.
Darren Aronofsky is directing Wolverine 2. It was supposed to be a two-horse race between 30 Days of Night's David Slade and Red's Robert Schwentke for the honor of directing the second Wolverine spin-off movie. But then, out of nowhere, acclaimed directer Darren Aronofsky suddenly entered the discussions, with star Hugh Jackman supposedly lobbying hard for a return engagement with his The Fountain director. Whatever the behind-the-scenes story, Aronofosky did in fact end up taking on the Wolverine 2 gig, although he quickly announced the film would be called The Wolverine and would be a standalone film that didn't bother with the continuity of the previous movies.
Megan Fox is out of Transformers 3. Rumors of Megan Fox and Michael Bay's mutual dislike have been around for years, with some even suggesting Bay would kill off Fox Revenge of the Fallen
just because they didn't like each other. Early this year, the rumors again heated up that Fox had either quit or been fired from Transformers 3 - we don't honestly care which it is - and these reports were confirmed in relatively short order. The rumor mill was way less successful in guessing who would replace her: early reports favored Quantum of Solace actress Gemma Arterton, with Bar Rafaeli, Miranda Kerr and Brooklyn Decker also in the running. Those predicting Arterton made the fatal mistake of assuming Michael Bay was looking for an actress to play his female lead, as the role ultimately went to newcomer (and, quite coincidentally, Victoria's Secret model) Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.
Transformers 3 has something to do with the Moon landing. A rumor back in July said that executive producer Steven Spielberg had come up with a prologue set in the early 1960s in which President John F. Kennedy learns of strange signals on the dark side of the Moon, and then starts the space race with the real goal of discovering what's going on up there. Now, we still don't know if that particular scene is in there, but the movie's announced title Transformers: Dark of the Moon and recently released teaser trailer, which is all about the Apollo 11 astronauts discovering Transformers on the Moon, makes it pretty clear that the rumor was more or less correct.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer is getting rebooted...for some reason. When word first got out about a potential Buffy reboot, it seemed more like something people would cook up as a satire of pointless remakes. But we should have realized in a world where Ridley Scott is directing an adaption of Monopoly and the Battleship movie is costing upwards of $200 million, nothing is off-limits for a pointless remake. So yes, Warner Bros. is working on a reboot, Joss Whedon declined any involvement back in 2009, and first-time screenwriter Whit Anderson promises a "fresh take" on the character. Oh, and half the cast of Glee has been rumored for the title role.
Everything you ever wanted to know about last year's Doctor Who finale. We could honestly dedicate an entire "Greatest Spoilers" post to our resident Doctor Who spoiler machine bluehinter. Still, even considering a year's worth of almost always accurate spoiler news, bluehinter's best scoop has to be this detailed synopsis of "The Big Bang"...which went up four days before the episode aired. Although the Omega rumors didn't pan out - and judging from the production team's concepts, we doubt he'll show up in series six either - every last detail in the bullet points is a completely accurate description of "The Big Bang", including the restoration of Auton Rory, the Doctor's trips back down his own timeline, and how the Pandorica saved Amy's life.
Caprica was going to pull some absolutely crazy shit. Since this episode doesn't air in the United States until January 4, anyone not wanting to be spoiled may want to skip this section. Anyway, fans of the show had noticed an apparent continuity error between Caprica and BSG: the mother of little Willie Adama on Caprica was named Shannon, whereas a personnel file on BSG said the Admiral's mother was called Evelyn...and when Joseph Adama took on a new legal clerk named Evelyn, fans started to wonder whether Willie and Bill Adama were really one and the same person. The series's penultimate episode, "Here Be Dragons", does the seemingly unthinkable and kills of Willie, with the finale "Apotheosis" revealing Joseph and Evelyn are now married with a new baby boy, named William after his dead half-brother.
Jane Badler will be back on V. It was confirmed back in August that original V miniseries star Badler would be back as a new incarnation of the alien queen Diana, but the first reports of this go all the way back to February, when rumors told of meetings between Badler and the show's producers. At the time, nobody paid much attention to it - because, at the end of the day, it's just the new V we're talking about - but this is one rumor that bore surprisingly accurate fruit.
The villain of Batman 3 will be the Riddler. While Christopher Nolan was busy making the year's best science fiction film, the internet threw up countless rumors about which characters would appear in the third Batman movie, and who would play them. The most persistent rumor was that the Riddler would be the main villain of the film. Everyone from Johnny Depp to Robin Williams was rumored for the part, but the three most heavily rumored actors supposedly up for the part read like an Inception callsheet: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tom Hardy, and Leonardo DiCaprio were supposedly the three main contenders for the part. Christopher Nolan finally confirmed that Tom Hardy would indeed be in the film, but the Riddler would not.
Jon Hamm/Brandon Routh/Zachary Levi will play Superman. We still don't know who will be the new Man of Steel in Zack Snyder's reboot - Watchmen's Matthew Goode and True Blood's Joe Manganiello are maybe the best guess at this point, but nobody really knows - but three fan favorite possibilities have already taken themselves out of the running. Mad Men star Jon Hamm says that he's too old for the part and is sure Warner Bros. will go with someone younger, Brandon Routh says he's given up hope of reprising the role, and Chuck's Zachary Levi says that, much as he would love the rumors to be true, he is in no way up for the part.
Nathan Fillion is playing Ant-Man. Of all the Marvel movie rumors, this is the one that just won't die. Fillion has long been a fan favorite choice for...well, pretty much every science fiction role ever, but rumors have swirled around him and Dr. Hank Pym since at least this May, when reports surfaced that Fillion would be announced as Ant-Man at Comic-Con. Which then did happen, actually, when newly announced Avengers director Joss Whedon said that Fillion was his Ant-Man. The internet rejoiced for a few hours, until it became clear that Whedon was just joking and, no, Fillion wasn't playing Ant-Man after all - the character wasn't even in The Avengers. The rumors still won't go away, and just this week they morphed again, with fellow Firefly alum Alan Tudyk becoming the new favorite to play Ant-Man in an Avengers cameo and his own movie. Fillion, it was said, would still show up in a cameo as fellow superhero Wonder Man. Throughout all this, writer-director Edgar Wright just kept pointing out that he knew nothing about any of this. Something tells me we still haven't heard the last of this rumor.
Joaquin Phoenix will replace Edward Norton as the Hulk. When Marvel rather unceremoniously announced right before Comic Con that they would not be bringing back Edward Norton for The Avengers, a flurry of rumors started up as to who was taking over. Within hours of the news, Joaquin Phoenix was supposedly a lock to be the new Bruce Banner. And if he didn't take it, there were at least three other main contenders. There was Adrien Brody and Nathan Fillion, both of who had also been rumored for Ant-Man, and, in a bit of a twist, David Tennant. Part of us still really would have liked to have seen the Doctor regenerate into the Hulk. Anyway, to be fair, a few reports did correctly predict Marc Ruffalo would take on the part.
Eva Longoria/Josh Holloway/Demi Lovato will be in The Avengers. Consider this a clearinghouse for all the other casting rumors that never panned out. Eva Longoria's name was briefly rumored for the Wasp, while Lost's Josh Holloway and rehabbing starlet Demi Lovato were both said to be up for unnamed roles. We've had months of silence since the Longoria and Holloway rumors appeared, although Longoria is often dragged into the latest Ant-Man rumors. The Lovato rumor, which popped up just recently, was quickly denied by pretty much everybody.
What was going on in the final season of Lost? To be fair, the show's fans came up with a ton of speculation that turned out to be correct, as well as some impressively accurate inside scoops (such as these leaked script pages that were indeed real and this detailed synopsis of the Jacob origin episode before it aired). But not everything was quite so on the mark - there was a ton of speculation that the flash-sideways universe was somehow created by the bomb at the end of season five, but that was just a mislead on the part of the writers. There was also some thought that the parallel universe would eventually converge with the "real" one, but it turned out to be purgatory instead.
The TARDIS goes evil and Amy has fish. While the vast majority of Doctor Who spoilers were spot-on, there were a few notable mistakes. It was long suspected that "Amy's Choice" would be the series's Doctor-lite episode - perhaps forgetting that Doctor-lite episodes only became necessary when Christmas specials were added before each series, and "The End of Time" was made by a completely different production team - but it turned out that the Doctor had a normal-sized role in that episode. (Indeed, "Amy's Choice" was technically a multi-Doctor episode.) More interesting were the rumors around the Amy-lite episode, "The Lodger." The Doctor getting kicked out of the TARDIS was thought to be caused by an evil presence inside the Doctor's ship - in fact, there was some speculation that the TARDIS had somehow been replaced by an evil entity masquerading as the TARDIS, and this would turn out to be the big bad of the fifth series. That turned out to not be the case at all - although, since we never did get to see the big bad, an evil TARDIS is technically still in the running. Oh, and there's this rather wonderful set photo of Amy emerging from the TARDIS with a plate of fish, which prompted a ton of speculation...and then wasn't actually in the episode at all.
Hawkeye will appear in Thor. We're putting this one in the "unconfirmed" column, but this is one rumor we'd be willing to bet is probably correct. Renner mentioned about a year ago that Hawkeye might make a cameo appearance in Thor, and now someone claiming to have seen an early cut of the finished film says that Hawkeye does indeed put in a brief appearance at some point in the film. Considering all of Renner's previous statements have turned out to be true, we're inclined to believe this one as well.
Tom Hardy is Dr. Hugo Strange in an adaptation of "Prey" in The Dark Knight Rises. After some early speculation that Hardy might play Killer Croc, Harvey Bullock, or even Clayface, the internet seems to have settled on one major rumor: he is playing the evil Dr. Hugo Strange, and The Dark Knight Rises is based on Doug Moench's comic story "Prey." Now, this still seems like one of the more reasonable Batman rumors we've heard this year, so we won't dismiss it out of hand, but there's still absolutely nothing to confirm or deny these rumors.
Christopher Nolan is adding two major female characters to Dark Knight Rises. Well, to be fair, it's almost certain that Dark Knight Rises will have at least a couple new female characters, but this particular rumor says Nolan is adding a new love interest and a female villain and there are six actresses in contention for the part: Rachel Weisz, Naomi Watts, Blake Lively, Natalie Portman, Anne Hathaway, and Keira Knightley. Portman denied these reports just a few hours ago, but Anne Hathaway has at least confirmed there's competition for a role in the movie, and she may or may not be involved. Yeah...that's about as unconfirmed as it gets.
What the hell is going on with Ghostbusters 3? Seriously, nobody knows. Well, more accurately, everybody knows something, but every story we hear from one person completely contradicts what we've heard from everyone else. According to Dan Aykroyd, who is clearing the fiercest proponent of making a new Ghostbusters movie, it's definitely happening, Bill Murray is (reluctantly) on board, and this new film will pass the torch to a new generation of Ghostbusters, who might well be played by some combination of Eliza Dushku, Ana Faris, Bill Hader, and Will Forte. According to Bill Murray, the script he read was a pile of crap (and the writers' previous effort, Year One, robbed him of any hope this project could be good), and he doesn't have much interest in doing it. According to everyone else, they'd most likely be interested in getting involved, but they don't really know what's going on. So, yeah...your guess is as good as mine. Or, for that matter, as good as Sigourney Weaver's and Ernie Hudson's. For now, I'd guess the film will indeed end up happening, if only because unnecessary sequels always end up getting made eventually. As for that rumor that Bill Murray's Dr. Venkman will be killed off in the first reel and spend the rest of the movie as a ghost? Like everything else, we've got no idea.
Additional reporting by Charlie Jane Anders.