Even when he is something of an antihero as we saw for Beetlejuice and Birdman, it is difficult to root against the enigmatic presence on screen that is Michael Keaton. The Founder star though is taking a walk on the dark side in Spider-Man: Homecoming when it debuts on July 7, 2017, playing the role of Adrian Toomes aka Vulture.
Keaton made waves with DC's Batman. Back in 1989, and under the guidance of Tim Burton, he created a caped crusader that was troubled but smooth and heroic all in the one picture.
28 years later, the 65-year old has the task of offering the same complexity to a different franchise, a different character and ultimately, a villain over a hero.
Vulture Backstory In Sync With 2017
Playing something akin to an evil version of Birdman, Keaton argued that the narrative behind his new character has parallels to his recent work as well as the current events taking place in America. He kept most of his cards close to his chest, but still had time to outline how enthusiastic he was over the project.
“The character actually has more relevance," started Keaton. "I know there’s this issue that comes up about how timely The Founder is, in terms of where we are now in this country. My character, actually, is, if not more relevant — and I’m not going to say more than that. There’s a B-story to this guy that’s kind of really interesting and really relevant. I would be lying if I said that’s why I took it, but as we talked about it and did, I went, ‘Whoa, there’s some layers to this guy.’ … This director’s (Jon Watts) is a very bright guy, and he wanted to bring this issue out. A lot of people are going to like him more than they probably want to, would be my guess.”
Counterpart Less Forthcoming For DC
Sitting down to chat about The Founder, Keaton's co-star Patrick Wilson just happened to be gearing himself for the villain role across the isle with DC via Aquaman. Having even less to say, Wilson was happy in the smaller delights that included his fresh outfit.
“It’s nice to don the tights every now and then,” remarked Wilson.
The 43-year old Fargo star already has a background in DC as he prepares for the role of bad guy Orm/Ocean Master - taking part in Zac Snyder's 2009 picture Watchmen. That neo-noir title might have divided critics and fans alike, but Wilson proved more than suitable to the big screen blockbuster as Nite Owl.