Along with his secret identity and clever detective skills, Batman hides a checkered musical legacy under his famed cape and cowl. The musical scores and Batman-inspired songs are as varied as the cinematic chapters of the character’s long narrative.
So as Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises opens in theatres, we thought it a fine time to re-discover the music and musicians – from composers to goth bands, from pop stars to Japanese electronic artists – that have soundtracked Batman’s caped crusading over the years.
Misunderstood lyrics are an art form in and of themselves. Head on over to YouTube and you’ll find countless collections of songs with their phonetically deduced words flashing across the clips. Sometimes we blame ourselves for these mondegreens, but what can you do if a singer chooses to come up with some new way of pronouncing a word?
Case in point: “umbrella, ella, ella, ella, ayayay.” Hey Rihanna, umbrella is only three syllables! That said, there is such a thing as musical licence. Just as a sculptor is free to create with their medium, so too does a singer get to make a word as malleable as a chunk of clay.
To say that the late Donna Summer was a hit-maker is a gross understatement.