Former Batman-actor Michael Keaton was in talks to play the antagonist in Marvel and Sony’s upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming – the first standalone outing for Tom Holland’s Peter Parker/Spider-Man following his scene-stealing debut in Captain America: Civil War. Suddenly, it looked like Keaton’s negotiations had fallen through and he would no longer be circling the role which is heavily rumored to be the Vulture.
Now, it looks like he is back in talks, because Variety is reporting that the Academy Award-nominee has had a change of heart and is in the mix once again to portray the villain. According to the report, the studio originally couldn’t afford to have two heavy-hitters in the film in both Keaton and Robert Downey Jr. Now it looks like that with Downey’s deal closed, Marvel and Sony may have found a way to satisfy both parties in this case.
According to reporter Justin Kroll, Marvel and Sony met with a former True Detective star for the role before eventually going back to Keaton.
Keaton is of course known to comic book movie fans for portraying Bruce Wayne/Batman in Tim Burton’s Batman and Batman Returns. He was nominated for Best Actor for Birdman and was recently in the most recent Best Picture winner, Spotlight. He will next be seen in the McDonalds biopic, The Founder.
The upcoming film is about to begin principal photography in Atlanta next month, with extras currently being cast. The film will be directed by Jon Watts and will star Tom Holland, Robert Downey Jr., Marisa Tomei, Zendaya, Tony Revolori, and Laura Herrier.
Spider-Man: Homecoming will hit theaters on July 7, 2017.
UPDATE: Director Jon Watts seemingly confirmed the news with this GIF he tweeted. Also, Deadline is reporting that Keaton will be portraying the Vulture in the upcoming film.
— Jon Watts (@jnwtts) May 20, 2016