Michael Keaton and Patrick Wilson will soon shine in upcoming Marvel and DC projects respectively: Keaton as the villain Vulture in Spiderman: Homecoming, and Wilson as Arthur Curry’s devious half-brother Orm/Ocean Master in Aquaman.
Before that though, they star in the new biographical film The Founder. At a SiriusXM Town Hall interview for the film, both actors were questioned about their approaches to the legendary comic-book characters that would soon be revealed on the big screen. As expected, neither of them could go into much detail or risk the famed ‘snipers’ that seem to stalk actors working on superhero films, but Keaton did speak about how Vulture may appeal to audiences:
“The character actually has more relevance. I know there’s this issue that comes up about how timely The Founder is, in terms of where we are now in this country. My character, actually, is, if not more relevant — and I’m not going to say more than that. There’s a B-story to this guy that’s kind of really interesting and really relevant. I would be lying if I said that’s why I took it, but as we talked about it and did, I went, ‘Whoa, there’s some layers to this guy.’ … This director [Jon Watts] is a very bright guy, and he wanted to bring this issue out. A lot of people are going to like him more than they probably want to, would be my guess.”
Wilson was even cagier speaking about the deadly character of Ocean Master – understandable, considering he was very recently cast, and Aquaman has yet to begin filming:
“I was the voice of Batman, and I did Watchmen, so… it’s nice to don the tights every now and again.”
Two Batmen in one room, and both playing villains in different superhero communities is pretty special.