• Michael Keaton in 'Birdman'. (SBS Movies)Source: SBS Movies
Michael Keaton may be crossing over from DC Comics to Marvel, to appear in (another) new Spider-Man movie.

14 Apr 2016 - 10:08 AM  UPDATED 14 Apr 2016 - 10:08 AM

Michael Keaton could be returning to the superhero universe -- but this time, as a villain.

Sources tell Variety that Keaton is in early talks to play a villain in the Marvel and Sony co-production Spider-Man: Homecoming, starring Tom Holland as the latest Spidey.

Marvel and Sony had no comment on the casting.

For Keaton, it also marks a switch from DC Comics to Marvel. The Oscar nominee famously played the Caped Crusader in Tim Burton's Batman in 1989, causing his career to skyrocket.

Marisa Tomei is currently set to play Aunt May, and Zendaya is also on board in a mystery role. The villain Keaton is being eyed to play is also being kept under wraps.

Jon Watts is directing the film from a script by John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein. Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal are producing the movie, which focuses on a teenage Peter Parker's high school days.

Plot details are still being heavily guarded.

Holland's Spider-Man will first make an appearance in the upcoming Captain America: Civil War, with a standalone pic bowing on July 7, 2017. Production is expected to start this northern summer.

Keaton was recently seen in Birdman in which he riffed on his superhero movie origins - and Spotlight. Both films took home Oscars for best picture. Keaton also earned a best actor nomination for Birdman. He can next be seen in The Founder as McDonald's founder Ray Kroc.

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