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‘Beetlejuice 2’: Michael Keaton Bringing Back Iconic Striped Suit

‘Beetlejuice 2’: Michael Keaton Bringing Back Iconic Striped Suit

Beetlejuice 2 promises to suit up star Michael Keaton in his iconic black and white striped threads from the original 80s hit. Colleen Atwood, a four-time Academy Award-winning costume designer, is known for her work on films like Chicago. She’s a frequent collaborator with Beetlejuice Director Tim Burton and recently worked on his Netflix hit Wednesday.

In a new interview with ComicBook.com, Atwood revealed plans to bring back Beetlejuice’s most famous look for the upcoming sequel. “Well, Beetlejuice has to have a striped suit,” Atwood told the outlet. “That is the quintessential Beetlejuice.”

However, Atwood pointed out that Betelgeuse himself, Michael Keaton, thinks another look is more iconic. “[Keaton] thinks the burgundy tux is the quintessential Beetlejuice, not the striped suit,” she said. “But the world happens to disagree with him, so it’s a funny thing.”

Keaton is correct that the burgundy tux worn during the wedding climax of the original film is memorable. However, the black and white striped suit is certainly the ghost with the most’s signature look. The design is something of a motif throughout the original 1987 film. Betelgeuse’s suit is worn when he’s scaring the Deetz family and their guests, and the same stripes are featured on the sandworm.

The Iconic Suit Returning for ‘Beetlejuice 2’ Makes Perfect Sense

Of course, the iconic striped suit is prominently featured in the marketing and merchandise of Beetlejuice. It is also the go-to outfit for those who dress up as the character on Halloween. Keaton’s character wore the iconic outfit featured on the movie’s posters, home release packaging, and other adaptations. The 1989 animated spin-off, as well as the LEGO Dimensions video game DLC, showcased this distinctive look. The 2019 Beetlejuice Broadway musical adaptation incorporated the outfit with enhancements, including a tattered coat. It is also the go-to outfit for those who dress up as the character on Halloween.

No doubt, the black-and-white suit from Beetlejuice 2 would likely appear, given its lasting legacy. Atwood’s response emphasizes the importance of featuring this iconic outfit in the production. With its strong association with Burton’s style and widespread recognition, it’s hard to imagine the character without some variation of it. As the sequel comes about 35 years after the original, it raises the question of potential reinventions for the costume.

Meanwhile, director Tim Burton has hinted that Beetlejuice 2 will be a return to his roots. He promises that more practical effects and methods as they used in the 80s will be utilized for the belated sequel. He recently gushed about making the film in an interview with The Independent. “I tried to strip everything and go back to the basics of working with good people and actors and puppets. It was kind of like going back to why I liked making movies,” Burton said.