During a recent panel interview with EW, both Michael Keaton and Patrick Wilson got to discuss their returns to the superhero genre with both taking on villainous roles in highly anticipated films in the near future. Of course Keaton will be playing Adrian Tomes aka The Vulture in Marvel’s ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ and Patrick Wilson will be playing Orm aka Ocean master in James Wan’s ‘Aquaman,’ and both seem very excited about the opportunity to play villains that have the potential to break the mold of one-dimensional bad-guys that have littered the landscape of comic-book movies in the past few decades. Keaton has made statements before about how he feels the Vulture is an interesting character to portray, and while he is still not giving away a lot of details, he clearly still has a lot to say about the Vulture, as he states below:
“The character actually has more relevance. 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.”
Patrick Wilson followed that statement by claiming about his own return to the super-hero genre as the villain Ocean Master in ‘Aquaman:’
“It’s nice to don the tights every now and then.”
To which Keaton playfully announced:
“Vulture will destroy you, Ocean Master.”
You gotta love the banter between the two, and while we will probably never see an actual showdown between those villains, it is fun to think about what that encounter would look like. Here’s hoping that playful spirit is a part of what both of these actors bring to the table for the characters they will be playing, and that neither will disappoint in their prospective film (though I have far more faith in ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ than ‘Aquaman,’ but that’s mainly because ‘Aquaman’ has the double burden of being part of the failing DCEU as well as being a movie based on a pretty ridiculous hero). Feel free to share your thoughts on either movie in the comments section below!
Also check out the full interview with both actors below, courtesy of EW: