We’ve already talked this morning about Black Panther, but let’s consider for a moment a more immediate Marvel movie: Spider-Man: Homecoming. Once upon a time, the man playing Homecoming’s main villain, Michael Keaton, was the star of the biggest, and really the only, major superhero franchise: Batman, and Batman suffered in the latter films from too many villains who too often took the focus away from the titular character. So Keaton knows that pain, which begs the question, how does he feel about diving back into comic book movies this time playing the bad guy? Well, he’s got an answer for that too.
While talking to Variety about The Founder, the latest in Keaton’s attempt to secure an Oscar for himself, the actor revealed that when it came to playing the Vulture in Homecoming, sometimes a villain, isn’t really a villain. “Not to give too much away, but interestingly, he is and he isn’t, that character,” Keaton explained. “He’s a really interesting — and more interesting than I thought — villain because there’s parts of him that you go, ‘You know what? I might see his point.’ Really, really. It makes it interesting to play.”
Also interesting is that it was just a couple of years ago that Keaton mocked his comic book movie past in Birdman, the Alejandro G. Iñárritu film about a washed up actor whose trying to parlay his commercial and financial success from a superhero franchise into artistic cred on the Broadway stage. According to Keaton, his apparent cynicism about the genre in that movie doesn’t translate to reality. In other words, it’s just another acting job.
“It’s just a thing. A gig,” Keaton said. “I don’t mean it’s just a gig, it’s the next job. And you think you can do it or want to do it and in fact I said no, because I couldn’t, it didn’t work in my schedule. Then I’m glad to say, they kind of shifted the scheduling and it worked out. So it fit in and I’m glad I did it.”
You will be able to check out Keaton as another bird man, the Vulture, when Spider-Man: Homecoming opens in theatres everywhere July 7.
Source: Superhero Hype