No doubt some of you are sitting bleary and bloodshot from seeing an overnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises, and I am jealous of you. I didn't think to buy tickets early so now I will have to wait until like, next week to see it. First World Problems, dude.
The ending of the Christopher Nolan trilogy of Batman films is the close of a great chapter in cinema history, where the Dark Knight wasn't a campy, nipply, colorful himbo, that was more or less a tool to sell toys. he was a brooding crime-fighter that was multi-layered.
OK, the Burton flicks ruled. As for the last two Batman movies in the '90s... well, at least the music was fun?
When the new Nolan movies were announced and we could see the tone of the films shaping up, it was obvious that there would be no room for pop-studded soundtrack tie-ins, and that's a good thing.
Christian Bale's Batman is exactly suited for hip-hop or rock music... but imagine if Trent Reznor were involved. Something to look for when the character gets rebooted again.
Anyhow, since we're all in the Batman mood, here are some of the highlights from nine years of Batman movie history. I still say the the Batman Forever soundtrack was the best soundtrack to come from 1995 that wasn't Trainspotting.
U2, "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me", Batman Forever
This song would foretell the band's future Pop material, even though it was refuse from the Achtung/Zooropa era.
Seal, "Kiss From a Rose," Batman Forever
What did this have to do with Batman, and why do I hear this at least once a night when I go on a karaoke crawl?
R. Kelly, "Gotham City," Batman & Robin
Oh, R. Kelly, you made it onto not one, but two soundtracks that white kids bought in less than a year. Remember the Space Jam soundtrack? When you told us that we should we believe we can fly? Or was it just you that could fly?
Prince, "Partyman," Batman
Why does Prince hate YouTube so much?
Siouxsie & The Banshees, "Face To Face," Batman Returns
Bet you didn't know that there was pop music in Batman Returns if you aren't a Siouxsie siouxper fan.
The Flaming Lips, "Bad Days," Batman Forever
Originally appeared on their EP, Due to High Expectations... The Flaming Lips Are Providing Needles for Your Balloons, before making it on the end of the BF soundtrack, and exposing kids to their brand of Okie weirdness.
Smashing Pumpkins, "The End is the Beginning is the End," Batman & Robin
If I told you that I listened to this on repeat some days while getting ready for school in freshmen year in 1997 I would be telling the truth.
Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, "Look into My Eyes," Batman & Robin
This is bad, and not in a good way.