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Michael Keaton

Wait… that’s the wrong Keaton. Michael Keaton, not Buster Keaton is reported to be in talks for the Disney/Tim Burton live-action Dumbo starring Colin Farrell. Keaton is said to be up for the role of the Ringmaster, who’s all smiles for the Circus audience, but not such a great guy when it comes to the treatment of the animals in the Circus. Yes, Keaton is continuing his string of villainous roles with Dumbo. Keaton joins a cast that includes Farrell, Danny Devito, and Eva Green. (more…)

Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) plays a large role in Spider-Man’s (Tom Holland) life in Spider-Man Homecoming. While he may be a reluctant superhero mentor, Stark isn’t shy sharing new tech when designing and outfitting Peter Parker’s new Spider-Man suit. In fact, in this teaser, it seems like Spider-Man doesn’t really know what his suit is fully capable of when his chest symbol starts to move. Check it out below along with a new photo of Michael Keaton as Adrian Toomes aka the Vulture.
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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.  (more…)

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The first trailer for Sony and Marvel‘s Spider-Man: Homecoming premiered on Jimmy Kimmel Live tonight and it looks incredible. Tom Holland sounds good, looks good, and feels like the young, inexperienced, joke cracking Spider-Man we’ve all been waiting for. Check it out for yourself after the jump. (more…)

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It is, unfortunately, awfully difficult to revisit Tim Burton’s Batman with an impartial eye in the wake of Christopher Nolan’s genre-defining Dark Knight trilogy and now, of course, Affleck’s Batman. However, you don’t get Nolan’s Batman –  heck, the very idea of Batman, his modern age personification, might never have been realized had it not been for 1989 Batman. Despite Frank Miller’s The Dark Night Returns and other defining Batman comics of the time, for most children of the 80’s, and for fans of yesteryear, their idea of Batman was predominately localized to Batman 66 reruns and Hannna Barbera’s Superfriends. Burton’s Batman came along and forever changed the identity of the caped crusader. Burton effectively echoed the visual style of the original Bob Kane comics while conjuring up a Gothic world of his own. His vision for Gotham and its ranged cast of characters is impeccable. It set the standards for Batman and modern comic book films.

Batman 1989 holds a very special place for many a Bat-stalgic heart, and to it, are open wallets.  While there is a treasure trove of goods, old and new, commemorating the landmark superhero film, consider what the fine folks at NECA Toys are offering. For one of the biggest superheroes of all time, NECA decided to go, well, big.  (more…)

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Today has been a bluster of news related to comic book movies, but one of the most anticipated projects from Marvel Studios is definitely Spider-Man: Homecoming; the film will continue the story of Tom Holland‘s take on the world’s most famous wall-crawler (after his first appearance in Captain America: Civil War). Today, in Hall H at San Diego Comic-Con, more details (some of which have been long rumored) about the film have finally come to light, and and the hype for Spider-Man is absolutely more real than ever.  (more…)

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Spider-Man: Homecoming is the first Spider-Man film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. After being introduced in Captain America: Civil War, Spider-Man will be played by Tom Holland. It’s safe to say that Marvel Studios have got their casting for Peter Parker bang on the money but more often than not it is the villains that fall flat in the web-slinger’s movies. Back in early April, fans were given a ray of hope when it was rumored that Batman himself, Michael Keaton, was in talks to play the lead villain in Spider-Man: Homecoming. (You can find out what NB had to say about that here.) Alas, that was short lived and almost a month ago to the day, NerdBastards brought you the news that Michael Keaton was no longer in contention for the role after talks broke down. Well dry those tears, quit saying Beetlejuice three times and stop watching Birdman on repeat because there is good news after all!

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You would be forgiven for thinking that Beetlejuice 2 is a done deal and must be somewhere near a finished product. Since 2012 there has been talk all over the internet about a return for Beetlejuice. Simply searching for “Beetlejuice 2″ brings up a litany of results. They include convincing posters for the movie, quotes from Winona Ryder and Tim Burton stating that the film is going ahead and even an IMDB page with the two main cast members confirmed.

There is now official news on the movie! Twenty-eight years after the release of the first Beetlejuice film, Tim Burton has updated fans on what is actually happening with Beetlejuice 2. Unfortunately it is not good news for fans of the ghost with the most…

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It seems as if every day there is another piece of news coming out of Marvel Studios regarding one of its many projects, as the MCU moves into phase three and beyond.  Yet again Marvel dropped another few bits of information on the public and like all news… With the good, always comes the bad! Earlier today Robert Downey Jr. was revealed to have signed a contract, confirming his appearance as Iron Man (obviously!) in Spider-Man: Homecoming (you can read the NerdBastards article here.) But as Thanos opens a door, he closes a window. It seems that talks between Michael Keaton and Marvel have broken down in relation to his part in Spider-Man: Homecoming.

Rumours spread like wildfire after Michael Keaton had been confirmed to be in talks to be part of Spider-Man: Homecoming and the Marvel fanbase lost their minds. Keaton is well known for portraying the lead roles in both Batman (1989) and Beetlejuice (1988) and came was thrown back into the limelight with the insanely brilliant Birdman (2015,)  where he received an Oscar nomination. Keaton’s cult following means he is an ideal addition to any superhero film. Unfortunately it seems that the talks stalled at the offer stage.

Keaton could still be involved in Spider-Man: Homecoming but his current stance is that he is out of the proceedings. It would be incredibly interesting to see where Keaton would fit into the MCU and their upcoming Spider-Man film. Only time will tell who will play what in the film but I think it is safe to say Keaton would be welcome to the Spideyverse with open arms, particularly by the fans.

Spider-Man: Homecoming is scheduled for release July 7th, 2017.

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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.  (more…)