I’ve never thought Michael Keaton would one day re-consider going back to the comic book genre. The former Batman star almost won an Oscar in a role that made fun of his career back then. In the past two years, Keaton has been a major part of two Best Picture winning films. He can do pretty much whatever he wants, and that includes stepping back into a major blockbuster. A report from Variety is saying that Keaton is in “early talks” to star in the Marvel/Sony produced Spider-Man: Homecoming as the main villain.
This makes perfect sense now that I’m thinking about it. Keaton has been talking for years about reprising his role as Beetlejuice. The actor is open to having fun, not just limiting his roles to serious dramas. Plus there’s currently a rumor going around that the villain for Spider-Man: Homecoming will be The Vuture. Take a look at the picture below, and tell me that Keaton wouldn’t fit an aged scientist who creates wings and posses superhuman strength?
If in fact Keaton does sign on for Spider-Man: Homecoming, then his involvement puts the film very high on my next year’s most anticipated list. I love the guy, especially what he’s been doing recently. People always talk about the Matthew McConaughey Mcconaissance, but aren’t quick to mention what Keaton has been doing. As for Marvel, should they sign him onto the movie, it’ll be another big win for them.
Marvel’s eye for talent over the past few years has just been extraordinary. Their phase two films featured veteran actors like Robert Redford (The Winter Soldier) and Michael Douglas (Ant-Man). Their current phase three also features an all-star lineup with Tilda Swinton, Chiwetel Ejiofor (Doctor Strange), Kurt Russell, Sylvester Stallone (GOTG 2), and Cate Blanchett (Thor: Ragnarok). Comic book movies are no longer just paychecks for big name actors, and Marvel is the place to go for veterans in Hollywood looking to try something new and exciting.