Michael Keaton is reportedly turning his back on Batman and considering playing the next Spider-Man villain.
The Golden Globe winner, who played the Caped Crusader in two Tim Burton blockbusters, is in talks to make the switch from DC Comics to the Marvel universe for a role in the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming film. According to The Hollywood Reporter, negotiations are in the very early stages, but filming is slated to begin this summer.
Keaton has a long history with superhero films – he earned an Oscar nomination last year for his lead performance in Birdman.
If Keaton does sign on, he’ll play opposite British actor Tom Holland, who will make his debut as Peter Parker and his web-slinging alter-ego in the new Captain America: Civil War movie. He follows in the footsteps of Andrew Garfield, who played Spider-Man in 2012’s The Amazing Spider-Man and the 2014 sequel, The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
Marisa Tomei will play Aunt May in the new Spider-Man film, and Disney star Zendaya has been cast in a mystery role. Jon Watts is directing a script written by John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein, and the new installment is said to be focused on Peter Parker’s teen years.
Spider-Man: Homecoming is slated to hit cinemas on July 7, 2017.
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