LRM Rumor Rundown For Week Of 11/7/16: 'Batman, Spider-Man, And Hulksters, Oh My!'

– by LRM

Welcome to the LRM Rumor Rundown for the week of November 7, 2016, for a quick look at the hottest rumors to hit the next this week. We're going to recap what's been said and, whenever possible, offer updates.

This week has seen its fair share of rumor mill activity, and it's always interesting to see how things shake out as time goes on. Something that's true one day can end up being undone the next, so let's try and keep track of what's going on out there.

RUMOR: Disgraced, Supposed Racist HULK HOGAN Being Invited WrestleMania? (Click On Text For Original Article)

We started the week off with this interesting little rumor about Hulk Hogan and the WWE possibly mending fences. At the time, his daughter Brooke Hogan had told TMZ that he had been contacted by World Wrestling Entertainment about appearing- and possibly wrestling- at WrestleMania this coming year. This, despite the company cutting all ties with him last year on account of his personal scandals- which included a sex tape and audio featuring racial remarks.

Rumor Status: DEBUNKED

Hogan appeared on Eric Bischoff's podcast and officially DEBUNKED this rumor. Here's what he said:

"Brooke needs to get the big yellow boot to the head.... Brooke’s running around on TMZ and made the statement about me and wrestling and WrestleMania. For the record, like I said, she needs the big boot to the head. I haven’t talked to anybody about WrestleMania. I just need to put that to rest. I asked Brooke, 'What are you doing?'
She goes, 'Oh, well, I’m just starting it up.'"

Nothing like repeatedly referencing kicking your daughter in the head to show people how you've grown as a person since you disappeared in infamy.

We also followed up, this week, on comments made by "American Psycho" writer Bret Easton Ellis late last week regarding the status of Ben Affleck's The Batman script. He had said that he'd overheard a chat between Warner Bros. executives that revealed that the script had lots of issues, but that they didn't really care because the foreign market will eat it up no matter what. So we followed up once Ellis clarified his remarks, claiming he never meant to disparage The Batman. He didn't take back what he said, but he clarified that he has no actual knowledge of what the status of the script is, and it was just hearsay that he regretted sharing.

Rumor Status: Remains To Be Seen

There's really been no actual update on the matter, aside from Joe Manganiello saying the next day that the film was shaping up very nicely. As I said on the LOS FANBOYS Podcast, it's way too early to tell. The film is still a ways off, and Affleck has been pretty vocal about the fact that they're still actively working on the script, so we won't know if it's actually a mess until the film enters production.

On Wednesday, we discussed a new report from The Hollywood Reporter. In it, they claimed that Fox was actively looking to reconfigure their X-Men franchise. With X-Men: Apocalypse underperforming and Logan sending Hugh Jackman's face-of-the-franchise Wolverine into retirement, it sounded like Fox was mulling whether or not to go back to the drawing board with the franchise. Ultimately, THR eluded to Fox settling on another soft reboot that would keep the familiar faces we've met while shifting the tone and focus of the stories being told.

Rumor Status: CONFIRMED

As soon as the THR report hit the net we reached out to our sources at Fox. What we got, essentially, was a pseudo-confirmation. They are working on a script that would shift the focus of the series- in a major way- to Sophie Turner's Jean Gray, and they were going to make the Dark Phoenix storyline the focus of the story. So, in essence, similar to what they did with X-Men: The First Class, Fox seems to be going for another soft reboot that shifts the central focus of the series, and makes it more comic book-y...instead of hitting the hard Reset Button.

You can read the full Dark Phoenix report right here.

On Wednesday, we reported that Paramount Pictures had announced that Mission: Impossible 6 would be opening on July 27, 2018. What's so interesting about this date? The fact that DC's Aquaman is slated to come out that same day. This helped fuel murmurs we'd been hearing that Aquaman may actually get moved up and get an earlier release now that the status of The Flash was somewhat up in the air. For those unaware, The Flash lost its second director in less than a year, while Aquaman has gone swimmingly so far with James Wan prepping the film. 

In that report, I mentioned that it's possible the film could end up coming out on June 1, 2018. You can read all about it by clicking here.

Rumor Status: Remains To Be Seen

As of today, Warner Bros has yet to make any announcements regarding a change in Aquaman's release date. But considering that the major studios all spy on each other, and Paramount felt confident enough to put M:I 6 out on the same day, you've got to think that they know something about what their rival is planning for the DC tentpole. 

In the last two days, we've had a pair of exclusive Spider-Man: Homecoming rumors to report on for you. The first centered on the fact that the film may be digging deep into the Spidey mythos to find Peter Parker's love interest in the upcoming flick. While most have spent months thinking that Zendaya was playing Mary Jane Watson (a rumor she DEBUNKED this week), which would naturally mean that Peter would be pining for MJ, it would appear that the real love interest- and possible storyline for her- has been hiding right under our nose all along.

You can click on the here to read that full report.

Then, earlier today, I shared with you a post about the nature of Tony Stark/Iron Man's (Robert Downey Jr.) involvement in Spider-Man: Homecoming. We were the ones who broke the story early last year that Iron Man was going to be involved in the Spidey reboot, and now we have more light to shed on that

Rumor Status: Remains To Be Seen

Since both of these rumors won't be put to rest until the film has been cut and released, we won't fully know how accurate they are until Spider-Man: Homecoming comes out next year, or possibly when the first trailers arrive.

As always, keep your browser tuned right here to LRM Online for all of the latest news, rumors, and bochinche from your favorite fanboy properties.

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