Michael Keaton is no stranger to donning a cape and a mask; he’s done it three times so far, if you count both of his stints as the Caped Crusader. Usually, though, he is the hero of the story, albeit a dark one. In Birdman, 1989’s Batman, and Batman Returns, Keaton has played a borderline anti-hero. In fact, to many he IS Batman. This time, the former Batman and Birdman actor will be crossing that line in the sand and playing the villain, for a Marvel film nonetheless. At least, that’s the what the rumors are saying.
Variety broke the news earlier today that sources leaked that Keaton is in early talks to play a villain in the Marvel and Sony film Spider-Man: Homecoming. The studios had no comment on the casting, and that silence says more than any public statement could. Like all “rumors” this one is spreading fast. Keaton would join Tom Holland, the new Spidey, as well as Marisa Tomei as a younger and sexier Aunt May than audiences are used to seeing. Singer and Disney starlet Zendaya has also been cast, although her role is also under wraps. The relatively new director, Jon Watts, is set to direct the script penned by John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein, which focuses on Peter Parker’s high school days. Maybe Keaton is an evil teacher? Everyone can relate to one of those.
Spider-Man: Homecoming is slated for a July 2017 release, although it is currently still in pre-production. Spider-Man himself, Holland, will make his first appearance in this summer’s Captain America: Civil War.