Michael Keaton (Kinda) Returns as Batman & Beetlejuice on 'SNL'
by Ethan Anderton
April 5, 2015
For many children of the 90s, The Dark Knight will always be Michael Keaton, because the actor was the first to portray a serious version of the DC Comics superhero on the big screen, and marked the first time a character from comics was taken seriously on the big screen. The film is certainly more campy than today's superhero films, but for my money, it still works. But a few years before Keaton was Batman, he worked with Tim Burton in the wild horror comedy Beetlejuice. These were two of my favorite films as a kid, and the writing staff at "Saturday Night Live" seems to have similar tastes, because some of the cast members begged Keaton to play Batman and Beetlejuice with them during the monologue last night. Watch below!
Here's the opening from Michael Keaton from last night's "Saturday Night Live" from YouTube:
All right, it's a little disappointing that "Saturday Night Live" couldn't get Keaton to be Batman again or put on a black and white striped suit, but this is undoubtedly the next best thing (don't forget there's a Beetlejuice sequel in the works still too). But you have to appreciate Taran Killam and Bobby Moynihan looking great as The Joker and The Penguin respectively, as well as Delia Deetz and Otho. And I also love the references to Keaton's other films at the end of this little musical number, including Mr. Mom, Gung Ho and Johnny Dangerously. It sure is great to have Keaton back on top of his game again. Funny?