Listen to Michael Giacchino’s ‘The Batman’ Theme (Audio)
“The Batman” is a movie about Batman, and of course Batman movies are well known for their dark, dark music, so you’re probably assuming “The Batman” has such a score. This assumption would be correct. You can listen to the film’s main theme, composed by Michael Giacchino, at the top of the page now.
It’s hard to pinpoint how I feel about this. The first half of this is new material, the second half is stuff you’ve heard before (more on that below). It’s beautifully produced and pleasant enough – and a little relieved that the new material here isn’t *gloomy* by reflex. in trailers and photos, is going to be a theme during the movie.
But it’s nothing close to a strong melodic hook – it’s not about trying to be Danny Elfman or John Williams – it’s mostly two separate ideas somehow grafted together. First, a beautifully produced sonata, then the pounding, repetitive tones we’ve already heard in previous trailers, building and building like an EDM song until the inevitable downfall.
Overall, it feels like it exists somewhere between Liszt and Phil Spector, and at least it stands out more than any music from Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy. Whether it works as anything other than background music, as the vast majority of hit scores do now, remains to be seen. Hopefully not! Either way, I’m glad “The Batman” isn’t trying to trick our brains with nostalgic looks at Tim Burton’s “Batman” or Nolan’s trilogy.
“The Batman” is directed by Matt Reeves and co-written by Reeves and Peter Craig. It stars Robert Pattinson as Batman, Zoe Kravitz as Catwoman, Paul Dano as The Riddler, and Jeffrey Wright as Commissioner Gordon.
It also features Colin Farrell as the Penguin, who gets his own HBO Max series, as does Wright’s Gordon. And along the ride are mob boss John Turturro, Carmine Falcone, Andy Serkis as Alfred Pennyworth, and Peter Sarsgaard as the Gotham City District Attorney.
“The Batman” hits theaters exclusively on March 4, 2022. Assuming, of course, that COVID doesn’t keep COVIDing.