Ouch. The blogosphere takes another jab on the chin as our in-print counterparts over at Entertainment Weekly have confirmed that actress Rachel McAdams has NOT been cast as Black Cat in Spider-Man 4. The rumor was originally started by Mania.com, who exclusively revealed last week that Black Cat would be the villain in Spider-Man 4, and that McAdams was a “top contender” for the role.

Well, either Mania‘s source on this exclusive was doing a little wishful thinking or McAdams’ name was being tossed out in some very early (read: unofficial) talks, because neither the actress nor Sony were aware of the alleged casting when questioned.

Here’s what McAdams had to say to EW:

“That’s a total rumor, I have to say…I was hanging out in Toronto the other day and someone came up to me and said, ‘I just heard you’re doing Spider-Man 4.‘ And I said, ‘Really? No one told me!’ It’s not true.”

And to finish the rumor off for good, a rep for Sony added this:

“It’s an Internet rumor, as so many things are these days.”

Sigh… Usually I’m one to defend my site and a lot of my “colleague sites” (what’s up guys!) but this kind of thing just makes it hard to legitimize our beloved blogosphere as the next era of (online) journalism. Gotta double and triple-check those facts…

For now, at least the first half of Mania‘s “exclusive” remains intact: Black Cat is still apparently the villain for Spider-Man 4. And, if there is any silver lining to all of this, it’s that we can now do posts fantasy-casting our top picks for actresses to play the silver-haired, feisty feline, Felicia Hardy. A recent poll over at MTV has Kate Beckinsale pegged as fans’ top choice to play Catwoman in Batman 3 – but that’s just crazy, IMHO. Maybe Mrs. Beckinsale’s “talents” would be more suited for the tongue-in-cheek universe of Spider-Man? I’ll let the speculation build from there…

Click artwork for source.

Are you sorry to hear that Rachel McAdams isn’t playing Black Cat? Do you think Sony should try to turn rumor into fact and lure McAdams to the role?

For my part, I always thought that McAdams was too much of an “artsy actress” to “stoop” to the level of a comic book movie, but I guess that just sounds like know-it-all hindsight right about now…

Spider-Man 4 is slated to swing into theaters on May 5, 2011.

(You Rachel McAdams fans can next catch the actress in Sherlock Holmes, which opens on Christmas Day, 2009.)

Source: EW

Black Cat Art Source: Diablo2003 @ Deviant ARt