Today Warner Bros finally released Michael Giacchino’s The Batman score and I’ve been desperate to listen to it since the first trailer dropped… no not the teaser one with Nirvana’s Something In The Way, the proper one.

A Soundtrack Review, Has LMO Lost Their Damn Minds!? 

Believe it or not, I can be cultured when I want to be and I enjoy little more than sitting down with a glass of red wine, putting on my posh headphones and immersing myself in a great film score. 

Who am I kidding, you’ve read my comments, I’m barely a functioning human being, but I do love music and you should never underestimate the importance of a good score to a movie.

The Modern-Day Masters

Think of cinema without the likes of John Williams, Ennio Morricone, Hans Zimmer, Alan Silvestri etc. These modern-day greats are, in my opinion, just as important to a movie as the director.

For example, you can’t even imagine Star Wars without Williams’ music, it’s literally impossible and the same goes for Spaghetti Westerns with Marrricone, Back To The Future with Silvestri etc, etc, etc.

John Williams A Man In High Demand

One composer who has been on my radar for the last several years is Michael Giacchino. I became aware of his work for the TV shows Lost and Fringe and have seen him steadily climb the Hollywood ranks having composed for movies such as Pixar’s The Incredibles, Ratatouille and Up.

But it wasn’t until Dawn of the Planet of the Apes that really made me sit up and take notice and then followed Star Trek, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and the three Marvel Spider-Man movies. 

Michael Giacchino

The Batman

It’s a big old album consisting of 29 tracks but as The Batman is nearly three hours long, that’s to be expected. I’m listening to it right now as I type this and it’s dark and brooding and feels like it’s always a second away from a full-on onslaught. Think of Batman and his simmering rage just below the surface and you have the right idea, so far this is perfect.

The Batman

A Hopeless Gotham

Director Matt Reeves has suggested he wanted his Gotham City to feel hopeless and looked to classic movies Klute and Chinatown for inspiration. Reeves says:

“I wanted a Batman that was still becoming. I didn’t want here comes the rogues’ gallery characters, and here’s Batman, and aren’t they exciting, and he’s going to beat them. I wanted it to be much more psychological for his character to have a place to go.”

If that was the brief Reeves gave Giacchino, then he’s nailed it perfectly.

I said it from the first time I saw the trailer, this movie looks like The Batman lives in the world of Se7en and this score sounds just like something from a psychological thriller like that, it even has hints of the original Alien soundtrack by Jerry Goldsmith too. Dark stuff indeed.

The Batman Se7en

It’s as far removed from Giacchino’s work for Disney/Pixar/Marvel as you’re going to get and it’s well worth checking out.

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