Michael Keaton back in the frame to play Spider-man villain

The man who once played Batman seems now to be in final talks with Marvel

There’s a good chance Michael Keaton will play the villain in Marvel’s Spider-man reboot next year – even though earlier reports suggested the two parties had been unable to agree terms.

Keaton, who found fame in the 90s playing Batman – one of the biggest non-Marvel comic book characters around, was offered the role of the as-yet unnamed villain opposite 19-year-old Tom Holland in Spider-man: Homecoming in April.

However, according to industry insiders quoted by The Hollywood Reporter, he turned the offer down, and Marvel moved on to other actors.

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Now, however, it turns out that Keaton, who was also nominated for an Oscar for his role in Birdman, in which he played a washed-up and delusional actor once famous for a major superhero franchise, is back in the frame.

Holland made his debut as the character who is perhaps Marvel’s most recognisable hero in Captain America: Civil War, which has now officially made more than $1 billion at the global box office.

Homecoming is a joint production between Sony and Marvel Studios, the third cinematic iteration of Peter Parker/Spider-man, but the first to tie into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Marisa Tomei, Robert Downey Jr and Zendaya are also on board, and John Watts will direct, with filming thought to begin next month. The plot is a very closely guarded secret, however