Batman theme brings back memories of the animated series

If the epic tunes at the end of The Batman trailer tickled your inner dark knight, good news: you can listen to it now and pick it up on Music Services at 9 PM PST.

The theme is composed by Michael Giacchino, composer of films like Pixar’s Up and The Incredibles, the three films of Tom Holland Spider-Man and Doctor Strange.

It has all the musical patterns you could ask for, including a slow-burning intro that turns into a dominating melody.

Fans have noticed that it draws inspiration from similar designs to Batman: The Animated Series and Tim Burton’s Batman films, with solemn horn sections and elusive strings. There’s even a bit of fluctuating synth to accentuate the growing melody.

“Yeah it says ‘world’s greatest detective’ on it,” wrote one Reddit user. “It’s like something I would hear in Sherlock, Bosch or True Detective, or Maltese Falcon. Reeves saying he wanted to emphasize the detective aspect of the character is clearly not just him talking.”

While the 1960s Batman theme is silly ballads, Batman musical themes definitely started to take on a darker and more intriguing tone with Danny Elfman’s works on 1989’s Batman and the Animated Series.

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The Batman hits theaters on March 4 and stars Robert Pattinson as the titular crusader. We also recently learned it sports one of the longest runtimes of any DC movie, and will in fact be rated PG-13.

Joseph Knoop is a writer/producer/henchman for IGN.

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