One creative fan of The Batman has paired one of its most iconic scenes with decades of classic music from previous incarnations of Gotham City’s famous hero.
A Twitter user shared footage of a The Batman video posted in February by YouTuber Krishna Shenoi, which has since garnered over seventeen thousand likes. The video remixes footage of Robert Pattinson’s Batman escaping GCPD headquarters with different DC soundtracks accompanying the same scene, among them the Adam West Batman movie score, Danny Elfman’s iconic 1989 Batman theme, and Hans Zimmer’s and James Newton Howard’s Dark Knight trilogy music. With the exception of 1997’s Batman & Robin, Shenoi includes all theatrical themes, including animated Batman films with theatrical releases like Batman: Mask of the Phantasm and The Lego Batman Movie.
For The Batman, director Matt Reeves tapped Michael Giacchino to compose his Batman incarnation’s score. Reeves would then pair Giacchino’s theme alongside an existing song heard throughout The Batman, Nirvana’s „Something In The Way,“ having cited singer Kurt Cobain as a psychological inspiration for Bruce Wayne. Rather than re-adapt Bruce’s comic playboy persona as portrayed by actors like West, Christian Bale and Ben Affleck, Reeves imagined him as a damaged figure, comparing Bruce to „this fictionalised version of Kurt Cobain being in this kind of decaying manor.“ Pattinson would similarly describe his Bruce Wayne as a „weirdo“ in and out of the Batsuit, a trait simultaneously due to Bruce’s obsession with being the caped crusader and frustration at Batman’s limited effect on crime in Gotham City.
Warner Bros. released full versions of Giacchino’s Catwoman and Riddler scores in February, with the entire soundtrack dropping a week before The Batman’s March 4 release. The film’s reviews were overwhelmingly positive, with The Batman’s score being a source of acclaim alongside its performances, gritty atmosphere and Reeves‘ direction.
Shortly after The Batman’s release, Reeves dropped a deleted scene featuring Barry Keoghan’s Joker, who only appeared during one scene in the film’s theatrical cut. While a sequel for The Batman is in development, Warner Bros. has yet to officially greenlight the project nor confirm Keoghan’s involvement as a potential antagonist. A spinoff series featuring Colin Farrell’s Oswald Cobblepot/Penguin, who appeared in The Batman as gangster Carmine Falcone’s (John Turturro) enforcer, is in the works, though its release date is also unclear. Confirmed future DC films include Black Adam, Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, Joker sequel Joker: Folie À Deux and The Flash, the last of which has reportedly tested well with audiences despite lead actor Ezra Miller’s ongoing scandals.
The Batman is currently streaming on HBO Max.
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