Michael Keaton has opened up about his role as the Vulture in Spider-Man: Homecoming, calling the villain "interesting and relevant," and saying audiences may find themselves identifying with the character in spite of themselves.
“The character actually has more relevance," Keaton told Entertainment Weekly, comparing Vulture to his portrayal of McDonald's founder Ray Crock in The Founder. "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," Keaton continued. "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.’ … [Director 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.”
Keaton also apparently had a serious sense of humor on the Spider-Man: Homecoming set, reportedly often invoking his classic role as Batman while in costume as the Vulture.
"We have a fight in the movie and I punch him. He turns around and says, 'I’m Batman,'" Spider-Man actor Tom Holland said in an interview with Short List Magazine (via Geek Girl Authority). "He kept doing Batman quotes on set."
Spider-Man: Homecoming is due out in theaters July 7, 2017.