After turning down a villain role in Spider-Man: Homecoming, Birdman star Michael Keaton is showing interest again. Read more after the jump.
Rumours started circling a couple of months ago that Michael Keaton would be joining the new web-slinging Marvel solo adventure Spider-Man: Homecoming. The news came just around the time that the official title of Marvel’s first solo Spider-Man movie was revealed. When the news dropped that the former Batman actor was circling a role in Homecoming – directed by Jon Watts – we made bets here at Spaghetti Red that it would never happen. When Keaton turned down the role, we all made some pizza money and had horrendous heartburn. Now it’s looking like we’ll have to give our winnings back.
The news from a number of outlets including Variety and Screenrant.com is that Michael Keaton is once again considering a villain role in Spider-Man: Homecoming. If he takes the role, he’ll be squaring off against Tom Holland, the latest Spider-Man incumbent. Keaton would be the latest addition to a cast that already includes Robert Downey Jr., Marisa Tomei, Laura Harrier, Tony Revolori and Zendaya. It’s up for debate whether Keaton would be the biggest star of Homecoming, but he’d definitely be near the top.
So what villain is Keaton potentially playing? Rumours from JoBlo suggest that he’ll be starring as The Vulture/ Adrian Toomes. If you’re not familiar with the villain, Vulture is a man who wears a bird suit and flies around it in…sound familiar? Granted the Vulture isn’t the most complex Spider-Man villain. but he’s a firm favourite among fans. And with Keaton playing the new baddie, forget about it!
Michael Keaton has had one of the most meta superhero careers of all time. After starring in Tim Burton‘s Batman and Batman Returns, Keaton defined the caped crusader for a big chunk of the population. Decades later he blew the lid of the Oscars with his role in Birdman, playing a former superhero actor trying to for some artistic credibility. Now, he is returning to a completely different comic book universe in a completely different comic book movie culture. Having traversed the spectrum, Keaton could definitely add some insight and something special to the Marvel series. If he takes the role, that is.
If Keaton does decide to take the role this time, we should know about it very soon. Spider-Man: Homecoming arrives July 7th 2017. Watch this space for all the latest Spider-Man: Homecoming movie news.