Michael Keaton Might Star As The Next 'Spider-man' Villain & Here's Why The Role Would Be A Big One For Him

There aren't many things that I love more than a comeback story. This is why I was more than delighted when Michael Keaton triumphed in last year’s Birdman and this year’s Spotlight — they were two Oscar-nominated films that thrust the star securely back into the limelight. But Keaton’s latest project might have the actor coming full circle in a way that will be very satisfying to his most loyal fans. According to Deadline, Keaton is in early talks to play a villain in Spider-man: Homecoming, a casting that would totally be a full circle moment for the former superhero.

Let’s just take a minute to remember where Keaton got his start. Sure, in the beginning he entertained us all with roles in Mr. Mom and Beetlejuice. But really it was his role as Bruce Wayne in the 1989 version of Batman that made him a star — ithose movies definitely cemented him as a megastar.

So, how appropriate is it then that Keaton might be returning to the world of superhero movies to play a villain of all things? If he did star in the movie, it would be the first time he has worked on a superhero film since 1992’s Batman Returns. Yeah, the role of Batman was soon taken over by such actors as Val Kilmer and George Clooney, but back in the day, Keaton was the original superhero, and he did a bang-up job of saving Gotham from the evils of the Joker, Catwoman, and Penguin. It seems only right then that he pay homage to the genre of films that made him so famous.

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But, of course, not without a twist. Because instead of being on the side of good, he may just play someone squarely on the side of evil. If he plays the latest villain in Spider-man: Homecoming, he will be joining Tom Holland as Spider-man, Marisa Tomei as Aunt May, and Zendaya in a still unnamed role. Throwing Michael Keaton in with that already amazing cast would seriously just be icing on the cake.

Plus it would make all of my ‘90s dreams come true. Batman, for me, has been and always will be Michael Keaton.