We all try and make a grab for readers. Gotta get those hits. But some media outlets stoop so low it’s ridiculous.
I probably shouldn’t even be writing about this, but it’s more to get it off my chest than following suit and prostituting this blog with an absurd story (though I couldn’t resist creating a few images).
A certain Melbourne-based newspaper that starts with ‘Herald’ and ends with ‘Sun’ reported this week in print and on-line that Australia’s next big thing in Hollywood, Sam Worthington, was tipped to become the next Batman.
The story has sucked a lot of readers in, and itself been reported on just about every movie website in the world.
Worthington of course is to star in two of the biggest blockbusters being released this year, Terminator Salvation and Avatar.
He is said to be starring in a remake of Greek myth adventure Clash of the Titans as well, which is believeable but not this garbage about the Caped Crusader.
The Herald Sun says, “Industry gossip now suggests the rising Australian star could score the part of Batman in the third instalment of the successful prequel franchise.
“That could mean replacing Bale, his Terminator co-star and The Dark Knight lead, whose profile was damaged after his infamous “me, me, me” meltdown on the Terminator set, which recently hit the internet.”
Industry gossip hey? What crap.
No sources, no nothing, just industry gossip.
Honestly, who in their right mind (as well as us film geeks) would believe Christian Bale, who has made Batman his own following the extraordinary success of Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, and presumably formed a great working relationship with director Christopher Nolan, would be replaced.
I’m a big fan of Worthington, have been for a long time, but c’mon. There are plenty of other roles out there for him to continue making his mark in.
This is the same Herald Sun that also reported last year that Eddie Murphy was signed to star as The Joker in the next installment. They got that story from the UK’s The Truth, which is renowed for being anything but.
Nolan is himself is about to start work on sci-fi/thriller Inception, apparently with Leonardo Di Caprio, so any new Batman movie is a long way off.
When Nolan feels ready to do it, it will be done. He has the hand.
If, by some chance he decides to go with Worthington and not Bale, and I doubt whether a rag like the Herald Sun would’ve somehow gotten into his head, the Aussie has a number of projects to complete.
According to “industry sources”, he is replacing Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones, taking over from Robert Downey Jnr as Ironman, and stepping into the shoes of Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter.
Busy time coming up