Beetlejuice is a haunted house story told from the point of view of two ghosts who suck at haunting. After the dead Maitlands fail to scare away the hipster family who bought their house, they enlist the help of Beetlejuice, a deranged freelance poltergeist who's also one of the best characters Tim Burton ever created.
He is also the ghost of Batman, after he was killed by Scarecrow.
If you look closely, you'll notice they have similar eyes.
We know what you're thinking. "What are you, nuts? Beetlejuice is a completely different person than Batman. We don't see him fighting crime or even having similar values, and not once does he do that cool thing where he says something and then when you look away for half a second he disappears. In fact, he seems more like the kind of person Batman would pummel into evil clown pudding while splitting his attention between the fight and reminding Alfred to pick up cold cuts." But trust me that this isn't just the byproduct of bingeing Michael Keaton movies for three straight days. I actually have a point to make here.
3 Tim Burton's Batman Movies Are Their Own Bat-Verse
First, we need you to realize that Tim Burton's Batman and Tim Burton's Beetlejuice take place in the same Bat-Keaton-verse -- which is different from the Bat-Kilmer and Bat-Clooney-verses. We've pointed out before that the Batman series went through some major changes between Returns and Forever. When Tim Burton left to pursue a career as a coked-up man-Muppet, Joel Schumacher changed the tone of the franchise from "dark deco" to "cartoon impossible." Everything from the layout of Gotham City to Batman's jawline became softer and more kid-friendly.
Harvey Dent got two new faces, neither of which were black.
Because these movies take place in a different universe, and the two Keaton Batmans (Batmen?) stand alone.
This isn't how most people see the timeline, but we're pretty sure that's just because "reboot" wasn't a word in 1995. Batman's been officially rebooted twice since Clooney battled Schwarzenegger on a diamond-powered spaceship, so is it really so crazy that they snuck another one in there when we weren't paying attention?
2 This Universe Is The Same One As Beetlejuice's
And if the Burton batfilms are one universe, it's likely (or at least possible) that it's the same universe as Beetlejuice's. Just look at the fashion:
As you'll see in a minute, Beets dressing just like Max Schreck helps our theory even more.
Or the interior design trends:
No way there's more than one person who thinks that looks cool.
Or just take a look at this shot of Beetlejuice's home, from the opening of the Saturday morning cartoon series:
In fact, it's hard to find a shot in the entire movie where Batman would look out of place.
"But Cracked, this is just because both Beetlejuice and Batman were directed by Tim Burton, and this dark, neo-Gothic style was his thing in the '90s. Are you saying that every '90s Tim Burton movie takes place in the DC Universe?" Not for sure, but hey, it's possible, right? Would this guy really look out of place in a Batman comic?
Just imagine him being played by Cillian Murphy.
So yeah, Beetlejuice is a ghost in the DC Universe, and the only reason Superman didn't save Alec and Geena from drowning at the beginning of the film is that at that same moment, Lois Lane needed help getting something out of the garbage disposal.