Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na... Playlist!

I just got back from Comicpalooza and have Batman on the brain. I mean, I always have Batman on the brain because he's freakin' Batman, but now it's reached the jumping from furniture to furniture with a blanket tied around my neck screaming, "I am vengeance! I am the night!" phase.

Plus, I have a personal goal in life to make Batman a more popular keyword in the Village Voice Media system than Barack Obama because the ides of President Batman gives me sex shivers.

Where was I going with this? Oh, right!

This week's playlist is dedicated to Batmusic in various Batmedia in honor of Houston's comic con and the upcoming film The Dark Knight Rises. So far I have not as yet uncovered any songs actually sung by Batman, but there have been more than a few sung about him.

And no, "Jingle Bells, Batman Smells" did not make the list, though I have gone deep into the looking glass before to try and find out where the hell that came from. That's not to say there won't be anything silly. For instance...

"Batusi": Somehow I don't think that we'll ever see King Tut as a villain again in the rebooted film universe... and that is just plain sad, because I would give Christopher Nolan every dollar I own to cast Al Pacino in the role and have him say, "Music! BAT Music!" Then Christian Bale would dance. Sigh... I never get anything I want.

U2, "Hold Me Thrill Me Kiss Me Kill Me": Despite the taint of Schumacher and the annoyance of O'Donnell, I think that Batman Forever isn't that bad a film. Val Kilmer plays a pretty fair Batman, and Jim Carrey doesn't get nearly enough credit for the awesomeness of his Riddler. The fact that Bono is basically Batman in this amazing video for "Hold Me Thrill Me Kiss Me Kill Me" is ego on such a massive scale that it almost knocked the song out of the playlist, but it really is an amazing tune. Maybe the last good U2 song, period.

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Jef Rouner (not cis, he/him) is a contributing writer who covers politics, pop culture, social justice, video games, and online behavior. He is often a professional annoyance to the ignorant and hurtful.
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