Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe winner Michael Keaton to play supervillain for Spider-Man reboot.
Michael Keaton, star of the 1989 Batman movie and the 1992 sequel Batman Returns, has signed on to join the cast of the Sony/Marvel reboot of the webslinger. Spider-Man: Homecoming will star Tom Holland in the title role, a role that was just recently introduced in Captain America: Civil War. And according to Deadline, Keaton will be playing The Vulture, Spider-Man’s first real supervillain in the comics.
Aging Staten Island inventor Adrian Toomes had created a flight harness that also granted him enhanced strength and longer lifespan. However, he was robbed blind by his embezzling business partner, and turned to a life of crime out of bitterness and a desire for revenge.
As stated above, Michael Keaton is no rookie when it comes to being part of a superhero universe, only this time, it’ll be with Marvel instead of DC. Granted, he played one of the best of the Batmans seen on the big screen, and Batman Returns is still one of my favorite Batman films of all time. But it was Keaton’s role in the comedy/drama Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) playing a formerly popular superhero actor turned has-been where he gained recognition in the awards circuit. He nabbed a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical. He also won Best Male Lead in the Independent Spirit Awards, and was nominated for Best Actor in the Academy Awards.
Other notable films for the veteran actor are Spotlight, and the 1988 classic comedy Beetlejuice. You can see Keaton in the summer biography drama The Founder, based on the life of Ray Kroc, the founder of McDonald’s.