Michael Keaton will not be swinging into the Marvel Cinematic Universe after all. The beloved actor who once played Batman, then parodied his own persona in Birdman, is no longer in talks to star in Spider-Man: Homecoming.
Deadline confirmed that the early talks between Keaton and Sony fell apart today. This news comes just days after he was linked to the movie. It was reported he was to play a villain and many expected that part to be The Vulture, who did not appeared in the previous Spidey movies. The news also came just after Robert Downey Jr. officially signed on to play Tony Stark/Iron Man once again in Homecoming.
For Keaton fans, it’s disappointing he won’t be making his mark in another comic book universe, but fear not! The Keaton renaissance that Birdman started is not over yet. After starring in 2015’s Spotlight, he is also starring in The Founder, another movie expected to attract Oscar attention. The trailer for that film, which opens in August, was released today, which you can check out below.
Spider-Man: Homecoming opens in theaters July 2017.
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