It's about time that the Academy Award nominee got his stab at a superhero flick and, according to reports from Movieline.com, Malkovich is close to signing on as a villain, the Vulture, in 'Spider-Man 4.' Being bad has never been so good and no one does it better than John Malkovich.
It's about time that the Academy Award nominee got his stab at a superhero flick and, according to reports from Movieline.com, Malkovich is close to signing on as a villain, the Vulture, in 'Spider-Man 4.'
The Vulture is an evil being with high-flying wings that also double as a cutting weapon, and being cast as a comic book villain could be just what Malkovich needs to get back into the spotlight once again.
His recent turn as the sympathetic preacher in Clint Eastwood's 'Changeling' was a snore and yawn at best. Let's face it, Malkovich's most memorable roles occur when he brings saucy charisma to the vilest of bad guys. Who can forget his depraved Mitch Leary in 'In the Line of Fire' or his conniving Valmont in 'Dangerous Liaisons'?
Anne Hathaway's name is also being tossed around as another villain to accompany Malkovich. If she agrees to do the film, Hathaway will play the character of Felicia Hardy, known in the comic books as the Black Cat, though for the film version it appears that she will be playing the Vulturess. Details on what her super powers are have yet to be released.
Another villain also could be in the works. Veteran actor Dylan Baker -- who played Peter Parker's professor Curt Connors in the first two 'Spider-Man' sequels -- is confirmed to be returning to the fourth installment of the saga.
The gossip is that Connors would morph into a villain known as the Lizard, but this has not been confirmed. If the Lizard joined the ranks of villains on 'Spider-Man 4,' that would be exponential coolness for Spider-Man fans everywhere. One thing is for sure: If Baker does get his chance at bringing life to the Lizard, it would finally put him on the map in Hollywood. He is long overdue for a career jolt and with a green, scaly character added to his acting credits, who'd deny him his right to star billing on his next picture?