Saturday Night Live mined their Thanksgiving-themed inspiration from one of the most iconic superhero characters out there, Batman. Everybody knows the character's tragic origin story of watching both his parents get murdered when he was a little kid. Much of Bruce's characterization, and even the very motivation of being Gotham's local good-willed vigilante, is rooted in his traumatic experience. But while most of the cinematic adaptations of the Caped Crusader is brooding and aloof, SNL' s reimagining presents him as someone who is trying to socialize with the people of his city in the spirit of the upcoming holiday.
The latest outing of the long-running show was hosted by Chance the Rapper, who also did an amazing job with his sketches. He's one of the many who appear in a Thanksgiving sketch that arrives just in time for the holidays and Justice League's debut in theaters.
Starting with what appears to be a smooth-sailing food drive for Thanksgiving, a handful of people wanted to personally thank Bruce for his charity. Unfortunately, when one supposedly teenage boy (played by Chance) brought up Batman into the conversation, his alter-ego immediately faced with the harsh truth: Gotham citizens do not really see the Caped Crusader as a hero. In fact, they actually want him to back-off with meddling with their daily lives. As more people come and air their own grievances, Bruce was obviously put in a very awkward position, especially after smugly declaring that he personally knows who Batman is. Check out the hilarious bit above.
Of course, outside of the SNL realm and onto the DC Cinematic franchise, Batman stays on-brand with the lone wolf, brooding kind of character, until he recently contacted and assembled Wonder Woman, The Flash, Aquaman, Cyborg and even Superman in Justice League. Unfortunately, from where we leave him in the latest Warner Bros. epic, we really can't gauge where Ben Affleck's Batman is going. Theorizing about his future only gets trickier considering the slew of rumors that the actor wants out of the role and that the standalone The Batman movie directed by Matt Reeves won't actually feature Batffleck.
Only time will tell how this seemingly complicated future of Affleck's Batman will pan out. Whether he stays or he goes will depend largely on the actor's willingness to star in Reeves' planned trilogy and what Warner Bros. decides to do following Justice League's poor box office showing. It's not a secret that when he was first announced as the next actor to put on the Bat-cowl and imbibe the character, many were skeptical, but over time, and through his brilliant portrayal of an older and battered version of the character, his iteration grew on people that a majority of die-hards actually want him to stay.
- Wonder Woman 2 (2019) release date: Nov 01, 2019
- Aquaman (2018) release date: Dec 21, 2018
- Justice League (2017) release date: Nov 17, 2017
- Shazam! (2019) release date: Apr 05, 2019
- Cyborg (2020) release date: Apr 03, 2020
- Green Lantern Corps. (2020) release date: Jul 24, 2020