Michael Keaton lined up to play villain in Spider-Man: Homecoming
Former Batman actor looks likely to jump ship from DC to Marvel
Getty Tom Mendelsohn, 14th April 2016 Michael Keaton has been approached to star as the villain in latest attempt at a Spider-Man reboot, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Keaton, who twice played Batman, is understood to be in the early stages of negotiating the role, and it is not clear whether a formal offer is yet on the table.
The film, will be called Spider-Man: Homecoming, it was announced earlier this week, is scheduled to begin principal photography later this summer. It represents a third attempt to bring a big-budget version of the wildly popular comic book character to the big screen, after Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield.
This time around, Spidey will be produced by Marvel in a joint effort with longterm rights-holders Sony, after complex legal negotiations at last returned his film rights to the company that created him. Played by young British actor Tom Holland, the rebooted Spider-Man will make his first appearance at cinemas on 29 April, in 'Captain America: Civil War'.
It's not known at this stage which of Spider-Man's rogue's gallery of villains Keaton is in line to play. However, it's thought that considering Holland's age – 19 – the reboot will be set during the web-slinger's high school days. Marisa Tomei is going to play Aunt May, while Zendaya will also take on a lead role, directed by Jon Watts.
Keaton would be a cheeky scalp for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, since he's best-known for playing Batman – a character who belongs to Marvel's arch-rivals DC – in two films in 1989 and 1992. He was also nominated for an Oscar for 2014's Birdman, in which he played an aging actor addled by past fame in a superhero franchise.