Most of the incarnations of Batman have had music which is instantly recognisable.
From the original 1960s series to the 1990s animated series, to Danny Elfman’s work for Tim Burton’s films, Elliot Goldenthal’s work on Joel Schumacher’s films and Hans Zimmer’s work for Chris Nolan’s trilogy (and to a far lesser extent Zack Snyder’s films).
With a new “The Batman” on the way from director Matt Reeves, famed music composer Michael Giacchino has been hired to offer something new for Robert Pattinson’s incarnation of The Dark Knight. Collider recently spoke with the man in question to ask him about what to expect and it turns out he has no real restrictions on where he can go with the work:
“I felt total freedom to do whatever I want. Matt always agreed, this is our Batman, this is our vision. In the same way that I always loved, what I still do about Batman comics and graphic novels is that each of these artist, each of these authors they take their own crack at what they want this to be. It’s their version of Batman.
I’m not the kind of person that says Batman must always be this. It’s like no, why? It can be whatever the artist wants to be and it has over the years done that, many times over. I love the idea of taking something and just kind of doing our version of it.”
The composer confirms that the music we heard in Pattinson’s batsuit reveal was written some time ago, and a lot of his work is going to be readly early enough to be heard in the film’s promotional material:
“I did go over and record that for that. We recorded a bunch of other music as well for it, a bunch of themes and things that nobody has heard yet. But they’ll all be popping up as the film gets underway again and starts getting back to production, and life gets back to normal, hopefully soon.”
Production on “The Batman” has been halted due to the coronavirus pandemic and it’s not clear when it will start up again. Giacchino meanwhile, whose work includes the likes of “The Incredibles” and the “Jurassic World” series, has also uploaded his 2018 short film “Monster Challenge” to YouTube. Patton Oswalt as a fictional version of himself, who gets roped into filming a bizarre game show after getting kicked off of a production in Japan.