Keaton shot back into the spotlight last year after playing a washed-up superhero actor in Birdman. But for who grew up in the 1980s, he is still known as Batman and Beetlejuice, despite appearing in those movies more than 20 years ago. So during his Saturday Night Live appearance this week, Bobby Moynihan and Taran Killam interrupted his monologue jokes to gush over and stare at the legend in their midst. Then they broke into song to ask Keaton for a favor.
“Will you play Batman with us Michael Keaton?” the duo sang on SNL. “Come on put the suit, we’ll be the villains that you’ve beaten!”
At first, Keaton was reluctant to be Batman again, so Killam added, “Before you answer you should know this: it was my birthday this week.”
Still, despite this Saturday Night Live opening monologue song, Michael Keaton wanted to put his Batman days behind him. Moynihan and Killam understood, so they made a different request.
“I was an awkward teen, had trouble fitting in,” Moynihan sang to Keaton. “I saw a man up on the screen, and I was a weirdo just like him. “You were the ghost with the most, mother flippin’ Beetlejuice. Now you’re the host, and I just need one thing from you.”
“Will you play Beetlejuice with us Michael Keaton,” the SNL stars sang in unison. Again, Keaton refused, but Moynihan insisted that he had just a few weeks to live.
Michael Keaton, however, was focused on the present in his Saturday Night Live monologue. So Moynihan and Killam revealed footage of Keaton backstage with Batman and Beetlejuice outfits superimposed over his body.
When that still didn’t work, the entire Saturday Night Live cast came out to serenade the host with “Will you play Batman/Beetlejuice with us Michael Keaton?” So finally he relented, simply saying “I’m Batman” and “It’s Showtime,” into the camera. Clearly, this was good enough for the SNL cast.