Michael Keaton Out, Robert Downey, Jr. in for 'Spider-Man: Homecoming'
Spider-Man: Homecoming: This Time You’ll Care. No, Really is quickly coming together around its new star, Tom Holland, the 19-year-old British fella who got his start doing Billy Elliot on Broadway. However, it was reported last week that Michael Keaton would be joining the cast. Unfortunately, that is not going to happen. Keaton — who was being eyed to play the villain, perhaps Vulture — has dropped out, perhaps after reading the script, which comes from John Francis Daley (Sam Weir on Freaks and Geeks) and Jonathan M. Goldstein, who have mostly managed to fail upwards in their writing careers (they did write Horrible Bosses, but they also wrote The Incredible Burt Wonderstone and Vacation, which were really bad movies).
Meanwhile, Robert Downey, Jr. has officially signed on to Spider-Man: Homecoming. The actor — who refuses to do trifling indie flicks because most of the directors are ‘inexperienced and lame’ — has apparently given up on doing anything interesting for the rest of his career, and will simply continue to appear in Marvel movies and occasionally a Sherlock Holmes film, and we will continue to love him.
Downey, Jr. joined Marisa Tomei (Aunt May), Zendaya, and Tony Revolori in the film, which will see Spider-Man return to New York after the events of Civil War and try and “find himself.” Being the third incarnation of Spider-Man in the last decade has clearly given him an identity crisis.