Michael Keaton
“And so I, Batman, will stop the Vulture.” ©Warner Bros

We’re all familiar with the Vulture of the comics: Adrian Toomes, elderly inventor, embittered man who creates a special harness enabling him to fly. But according to Michael Keaton, he’s much more interesting than all that.

The former Batman was wooed by Marvel Studios for a bit before he agreed to play the role, and is quite a catch: fine actor, Oscar nominee and with more than a bit of pop culture cachet. And Keaton teased to Entertainment Weekly that his character is “relevant” and “interesting” – and sympathetic?

“Actually, the character actually has more relevance. I know there’s this issue that comes up about how timely this is — you know, ‘The Founder’ — is, in terms of where we are now in this country. My character [Vulture], 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.’”

We’re guessing the updated version of The Vulture will be wearing some sort of exoskeleton, and possibly have hacking abilities as well. In any case, let’s all hope he doesn’t turn out to be another lame Marvel movie villain.


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