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8 Great Michael Keaton Movies to Buy and Stream: ‘Batman,’ ‘Beetlejuice’ and More Classics

Because Keaton will be reprising his role as Batman, it's the perfect time to catch up on some of the epic films in his catalog.

BATMAN, Michael Keaton, Jack Nicholson (on TVs), 1989

BATMAN, Michael Keaton, Jack Nicholson (on TVs), 1989.

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More than 30 years after he first donned that infamous Batman suit, Michael Keaton is stepping back into familiar territory. On Monday, Keaton’s agency confirmed that he will appear as Batman in the forthcoming movie “The Flash,” which began filming in the U.K. this week. The film won’t be hitting theaters until 2022, which gives you plenty of time to catch up Keaton’s “Batman” movies and a bunch of other films in his catalog such as “Beetlejuice,” “Birdman,” “Multiplicity,” and “The Founder.”

The 69-year-old actor played Batman in the 1989 blockbuster directed by Tim Burton, and its 1992 sequel, “Batman Returns.” Pretty much all of the “Batman” movies are currently streaming on HBO Max. If you’re not already subscribed, it’ll cost you just $14.99 a month for access to countless blockbusters, original shows, and classic movies. Plus, every Warner Bros. film slated for release in 2021 will debut in theaters and on HBO Max for the first month after its theatrical release. “Batman” and “Batman Returns” are also available to rent on Amazon Prime for $3.99 ($19.99 if you’d like to buy and stream).

If you’re interested in Blu-Ray copies of “Batman” as well as info on where stream more of Keaton’s classic films check out our roundup below. And for more Blu-rays to get for yourself, or give as a gift, check out the best Christopher Nolan movies box sets (which includes “The Dark Knight”).

“Batman” 25th Anniversary (Blu-Ray)

 Keaton stars opposite Jack Nicholson (as the Joker) and Kim Basinger in the 1989 superhero flick. This special double-disc collector’s edition “Batman” Blu-ray includes bonus features such as commentary from Burton, “Legends of the Dark Knight: The History of Batman,” and behind-the-scenes footage from the film’s set. 

“Beetlejuice” Gift Set 4K Ultra HD (Blu-Ray)

Before he was Batman, Keaton and Burton worked together on the ‘80s cult classic “Beetlejuice.” Keaton started as the sharp-tongued zombie in the comedy which also co-starred Geena Davis, Alex Baldwin, and Winona Ryder. Burton’s colorful spin on a twisted supernatural tale follows a couple of homebody ghosts (Baldwin and Davis) who, with help from Beetlejuice, try to haunt the pretentious humans who just moved into their house. This “Beetlejuice” gift set features the movie in 4K Ultra HD for the first time ever. You’ll also get a few extras collectibles in the box such as a 4” embroidered glow-in-the-dark patch of Beetlejuice’s gravestone, the “Handbook for the Recently Deceased, and a “Betelgeuse” flyer.

Multiplicity” (Blu-Ray)

This 1996 sci-fi comedy wasn’t exactly a box office hit, but “Multiplicity” usually pops up on the list of Keaton’s best films due to its fan following. In the film, Keaton plays a construction worker who’s spread a little too thin, so he makes a few clones. Each of the cloned versions of himself have their own personalities which of course means that trouble ensues. The Harold Ramos-directed film also stars Andie MacDowell, Harris Yulin and Richard Masur. You can rent “Multiplicity” on Amazon Prime or purchase the Blu-Ray above. 

“Birdman” (Blu-Ray)

In his Oscar-nominated role in “Birdman,” Keaton portrays an actor famous for playing a superhero. The plot is about the character’s struggles to recover his ego amid dwindling fame. Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough, and Amy Ryan, also start in the dark comedy which is available for rent on Amazon Prime.

“The Paper” (Blu-Ray)

Ron Howard directed Keaton in this 1994 comedy where he plays Henry Hacket, a workaholic editor of a fictitious New York City newspaper. In the midst of personal and professional chaos, Hacket finds himself racing against the clock to expose a murder scandal that could send two innocent men to prison. Glenn Close, Marisa Tomei, Randy Quad, and Robert Duvall star in the film, which won an Oscar for best original song (“Make Up Your Mind.”). “The Paper” is also available for rent on Amazon Prime.

“Out of Sight” (Blu-Ray)

In “Out of Sight,” Keaton reprises his role as FBI agent Ray Nicollette, which he first portrayed in “Jackie Brown” (both films were adapted from novels by Elmore Leonard).  This Steven Soderbergh-directed heist comedy revolves around a charming former crook (played by George Clooney) who falls for a Federal Marshall (Jennifer Lopez). The Blu-Ray edition features bonus content such as deleted scenes and commentary from Soderbergh and screenwriter, Scott Frank. “Out of Sight” is streaming on Hulu and Amazon Prime.

“Spider-Man: Homecoming” (Blu-Ray)

In “Spider-Man: Homecoming” Keaton takes on the role of supervillian Vulture (a.ka. Adrian Toomes). This action-packed adventure starring Tom Holland as the web slinging super hero, and Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, is also available for rent on Amazon Prime.

“The Founder” (Blu-Ray)

Keaton transforms into businessman Ray Kroc in this 2016 biopic. The plot details Kroc’s beginnings as a struggling salesman from Illinois until he meets McDonald’s founders Mac and Dick McDonald, and works to create a billion-dollar burger empire. You can stream the film on Netflix, or rent it on Amazon Prime.

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