Michael Keaton: From Batman to Birdman to Spider-Man Villain?

It looks like Michael Keaton is going from DC Comics hero to Marvel villain, as he is reportedly in talks to play the lead villain in Jon Watts’ “Spider-Man” movie.

If you’re unaware, last year, Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios signed a legendary deal allowing Marvel to use Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (you know, the franchise with Iron Man, Captain America, Thor…). To go along with this deal, Sony agreed to reboot the “Spider-Man” franchise… again, for the second time.

Sorry, Andrew Garfield is no longer Spider-Man. Instead, British actor Tom Holland was cast as the new Spider-Man/Peter Parker. He will be making his debut in Anthony and Joe Russo’s “Captain America: Civil War,” releasing on May 6, before starring in his own standalone “Spider-Man” movie, releasing in 2017.

Since production on the “Spider-Man” reboot begins somewhat soon, Watts and Marvel Studios need a villain. But which villain? And who will play him?

Variety says Michael Keaton (yes, Batman) is in early talks to play the lead villain in Watts’ “Spider-Man” reboot. But which villain will he play?

A recent rumor indicated Vulture would be one of the villains in the movie but may not be the only villain. We’ve already seen villains like Green Goblin and Doctor Octopus in Sony’s previous “Spider-Man” movies, so Marvel may not want to continue down the same path. While it’s possible Keaton could be playing Vulture, it’s unlikely since Vulture will reportedly be a secondary villain — and Michael Keaton is not a secondary actor.

“Spider-Man: Homecoming” stars Tom Holland as Peter Parker/Spider-Man, Marissa Tomei as Aunt May, Zendaya in an unknown role, and Robert Downey, Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man. It releases on July 7, 2017.