->"''There are few movie music moments when you know a big gun has entered the room- the sweeping orchestral strains of Williams' ''Film/{{Superman}}'' among them. Now a "new" hero was arriving with an attitude for a far more jaded generation of fans. And when those menacing strings rose with glistening percussion, before bursting into a galloping, instantly memorable theme, you knew this was one of those [[HolyShitQuotient holy shit musical moments]] - the sound of major talent arriving on the scene like a bat out of hell.''"
-->--Film Music Magazine's [[http://www.filmmusicmag.com/?p=5903 review]] of the 2010 remaster of ''Batman'' (1989)

''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'', the ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamSeries'', and the ''Film/DCExtendedUniverse'' [[AwesomeMusic/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold have pages]] [[AwesomeMusic/BatmanArkhamSeries of their]] [[AwesomeMusic/DCExtendedUniverse own]].
!!The Live-Action Movies:
* ''Film/{{Batman}}''[=/=]''Film/BatmanReturns''[=/=]''Film/BatmanForever''[=/=]''Film/BatmanAndRobin'':
** Music/DannyElfman's music for the first two films, ''Film/{{Batman}}'' in particular, is one of the ''very'' few elements of the [[Film/{{Batman}} original film series]] that many people think the Nolan films haven't come anywhere ''near'' topping.
** The opening number, literally titled [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l11BPzYehUE "The Batman Theme"]], makes the accompanying titles so awesome that you can fail to notice that next to nothing's happening onscreen. The theme gets a reprise at the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8tiGCeWaYuM film's end]]. It is also rescored as the opening theme for ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lEx9r5enZsk Batman the Animated Series]]''.
** "Waltz to the Death," which is what the Joker and Vicki Vale were dancing to while Batman was beating up {{Mooks}}, is also [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ywytpSrzktg quite amazing]]. It's dark, it's beautiful, and (considering what's happening on the screen) it's also [[PlayedForLaughs "unintentionally" hilarious.]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2pTQ0ZvuIr4 "Attack of the Batwing"]], people.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HoK2d3mC3RA "Descent into Mystery"]], which is heard when Batman drives Vicki Vale through the forest to the Batcave. ''So'' epic, it was reused in the trailer to ''Batman Returns''. The "whirlwind" sound at the beginning at the OminousLatinChanting deserve special mention.
** The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FYvQYzlUm-o "Finale"]], the most triumphant piece of Batman-related music ever. Especially epic is the crescendo (before the familiar "Batman Theme" hook at the end) combined with the image of Batman standing on a ledge, silhouetted against the night sky, with the Bat-signal in the distance. If that doesn't give you goosebumps, nothing will.
** In addition, the pop soundtrack composed by Music/{{Prince}} has some pretty awesome numbers, too. The crowner is probably [[http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xqrko4_prince-batdance-batman-soundtrack_music "Batdance"]], picked as the main single from the album. It was #1 on the charts for a reason, folks.
** Elfman's incredibly intense score for ''Film/BatmanReturns'' is nothing short of awesome, either.
*** Especially epic is the opening number, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rvcezzUjCF8 "Birth of a Penguin"]], complete with a dark re-orchestration of the previous film's theme, and "The Final Controntation".
*** The network television premiere of ''Batman Returns'' on February 12, 1995 (prime-time slot on NBC-TV) was kicked off by a montage of the most action-packed scenes from the film set to what is perhaps ''the'' Crowning Music Of Awesome: Beethoven's Ninth Symphony (specifically the "Ode to Joy" [[StandardSnippet part everyone remembers]]).
*** And on the more conventional rock side of things, it's practically impossible for there to be a more fitting rock song for this film than "Face to Face", an incredibly dark, incredibly melancholic, incredibly ''sexy'' track -- performed, no less, by Music/SiouxsieAndTheBanshees, the ambassadors of goth rock themselves.
** The latter two films in the series may not have been the greatest, but both include pop soundtracks that are actually enjoyable to this day. At the very least, no one can deny that "Kiss from a Rose" was ''the'' single of 1995.
** And while still a distant third to Elfman and Zimmer/Newton Howard's scores, Elliot Goldenthal's scores are still pretty amazing, delivering the proper level of bombast for an abjectly cartoonish universe (Goldenthal specifically chose to invoke a feeling similar to a Russian circus). Sadly, most of the music he composed for ''Batman Forever'' was [[ScrewedByTheNetwork shelved and unreleased]] in favor of the aforementioned pop-heavy soundtrack, and has only recently become commercially available in its full length.
** Whatever other flaws ''Film/BatmanAndRobin'' may have, it used the ''bombing-awesome'' theme song introduced in ''Forever''. Plus, the pop soundtrack is really good (even if the vastly superior remix to R. Kelly's "Gotham City" is left out) in a "Why tie this music to this movie?" sense. So much that Music/TheSmashingPumpkins' "The Beginning Is the End Is the Beginning" was recycled in a ''Film/{{Watchmen}}'' trailer, which was featured before ''Film/TheDarkKnight'', of all movies.
* ''Film/TheDarkKnightTrilogy'':
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZst_2xJHAI "Molossus"]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZH7UpSoIT8 "Antrozous"]] from ''Film/BatmanBegins''.
** Whilst it seems to only be on the soundtrack to ''Film/BatmanBegins'', not in the actual movie (at least, not in it's entirety),[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7Mq9UaUq2M "Lasiurus"]] possibly sums up the essential character at the heart of Batman better than any piece of music (even some of the other fine pieces listed here) ever will -- it's dark, brooding and melancholy, and yet there's a subtle note of hope weaved in there that gradually and powerfully builds to a crescendo, giving the listener the impression that the night will end and evil will be overcome...
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xXR2_1P_Hx0 "Mortus"]], the song played during the final battle between Batman and [[spoiler:Ducard, the true Ra's al Ghul.]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s-3oGOmHWIQ "Artibeus"]], which also doubles as horror.
** From Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard's ''Film/TheDarkKnight'':
** The opening track [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-QjuEWsdgEc "Why So Serious?"]] sets the mood for the entire film. Amazing how much horror is contained in a single note... Listen to it over headphones, or surround sound in an acoustically perfect room; that single note jumps around, well... ''chaotically''.
** The Crystal Method's Remix of said song is not quite as creepy, yet... it is. In its own "Crystal Method way."
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0ynjjk2c7Y Like A Dog Chasing Cars]] pretty much sets the tone for this Batman, right down to a lapse into "Why So Serious?"
** The last minute of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oI_mDPIj4IA Aggresive Expansion]]. If "Why So Serious?" builds up the tone of the Joker, this song smashes it down on you like a 5000 pound hammer. It's impossible to listen to this song without imagining him bursting into the room and holding a knife to someone's neck at the last second, and to top it all off, the scene it's used in is when he kills the goddamned judge and commissioner.
** The sheer awesomeness of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HZTsgfjOHnE "Agent of Chaos"]].
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zh0Oh5zF2iA I'm Not a Hero]]. Particularly the subtle similarity to the Elfman theme around the 4 mintue mark.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YE9Ws1mJAgA Harvey Two Face]], especially in its stirring reprise of the love theme. Awesome in spite of the fact that the ending part doesn't show up in the film.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O_081gkpT8k The fire rises]], especially after 2:48.
** ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'': [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jao5NQobt3w DE-SHAY DE-SHAY BASHARA BASHARA]]
** And then there's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CuBxkmAZcKk "A Fire Will Rise"]], the third trailer theme, which is ''mind-blowingly epic'' and tragic, fitting perfectly the mood for the finale of the trilogy.
** While this isn't connected to the movie directly, Hans Zimmer created a hauntingly beautiful track called [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1oTbyENpX58 "Aurora"]] honoring the victims of the Aurora Theater Shooting. The Dark Knight would be proud.
** The track "Gotham's Reckoning" that plays as Bane and his henchmen [[spoiler: kidnap a nuclear physicist and wreck a CIA jet in mid flight.]]
** And now the complete score has been released, witness the incredible drums at the end of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3WfhWkmuX1k the film version of that track.]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FqywxMzPDWI "Why Do We Fall"]].

!!The Animated Movies:
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanMaskOfThePhantasm'':
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N9I-ICtgylw The main theme]]. (Song starts at beginning). Also at the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j9c_ijTjKC8 end of the movie is another version]]. The weird thing is that that's not Latin; it's the names of some of the music crew being sung backwards. ''And it is still awesome.'' Considered by some to be Shirley Walker's magnum opus.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N6K1qNsE9v0 The Birth of Batman.]] The close-up to the eyes and Alfred's reaction really sells it.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyondReturnOfTheJoker'' has one of the best musical scores in any film ''ever'' heard, including reprises of the series' main theme as the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sjq1RH9nh7g beginning]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ymi2nnkR6lQ end title]].
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheDarkKnightReturns''[='=] soundtrack is certainly worth a listen as well.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TX0JjJc8j8I "These Men Are Mine"]], for instance, captures the setting and atmosphere perfectly.
** [[http://youtu.be/XKYM_jrTeaA "Mutants... Surrender or Die"]] is a similarly operatic piece that marries orchestra, percussion and synthesised music amazingly well.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheKillingJoke'':
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P78PyOWOqi4 "All It Takes Is One Bad Day"]] has an amazing build up as the music intensifies as it goes on.
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jYyXeJ03ORQ "End Credits"]] is a very quiet and subtle piece.
%%** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wu873F0eTjs "I Go Looney"]] sung by Creator/MarkHamill himself! Is there anything we can say here?
%%Yes. Namely: why is it awesome? Do not uncomment this entry without expanding it to provide context.

!! The Animated Series:
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'': In many, many ways. The show introduction is famous for the music as much as for its almost-a-storyboard art style. The second intro is less well-known, but also features some epic music. And most villains have their own (often awesome) leitmotifs. BTAS had a unique soundtrack for ''every episode'', a feature that might never happen again.
** Awesome, in part, because it's the same theme Music/DannyElfman wrote for the Creator/MichaelKeaton ''Film/{{Batman}}'' movie. Some of the best TV watching memories were when that Creator/WarnerBros logo faded away, the police headlights came on, and those horns started blaring. One of the best themes to a television show. Ever.\\
Just to give an idea - this theme was so awesome, that even the ''staff of the show'' didn't realize that the title of the show didn't appear during it. Go ahead and rewatch if you don't believe that fact.
** The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1yC4zKDeDkM theme]] from ''[[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries The Adventures of Batman and Robin]]''. Shirley Walker gave Batman a {{Leifmotif}} as memorable as the 1980's movie's.
** Also, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t9pXkjI5Z6U The Grey Ghost's theme]] (until about 0:51). Very short, but brilliant!
** There's a lovely theme that plays in the BTAS episode "Heart Of Ice" that makes one think of snow falling...
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Df9RJaFQ0Y The Joker's Theme]] from BTAS (the second song). [[ThemeTuneCameo He even]] [[ThemeMusicPowerUp whistles it.]]
** For many, Shirley Walker's Batman overture is even more iconic than Danny Elfman's theme (which is only heard in a few of the episode scores, like "Nothing To Fear" and "The Cat And The Claw, Part II"[[note]]but not Part I[[/note]]). It helps that the animated theme is very much a SuspiciouslySimilarSong to the film's version.
** The intro to each episode not only provides great film noir imagery but great film noir music as well, setting the tone for the episode. And thanks to La-La Land, there are now ten discs worth of music available!
%%*** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BOPWTjPa--0 And now we have the entire playlist.]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-3ZZIUTQYV4 The Tomorrow Knight (Batman Beyond).]]
** Also the heavy metal remix of the ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' intro that played when Bruce was rejuvenated in a Lazarus Pit.
** In "Disappearing Inque", when Bruce activates his exo-suit, a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WSbT51P92x0&t=0m31s seriously awesome rendition of the original intro theme]] is played. A pretty heart wrenching scene when you know that doing so causes such strain on Bruce's heart that even Terry acknowledges it.
** The Gregorian chant played when Terry flashes back to his father's death in "Babel".
* ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'': The Joker and Harley Quinn are [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7i4rsKKM26k settin' the woods on fire!]]
* ''WesternAnimation/BewareTheBatman'':
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y4iXANrrTk8 The intro.]]
** The show's score, while a lot more subdued than Frederik Wiedmann's brilliant work on [[WesternAnimation/GreenLanternTheAnimatedSeries that other CGI DC show]], is still just as awesome, greatly enhancing the show's decidedly FilmNoir tone. There are some real {{Ear Worm}}s thrown in as well.

* Also not directly related to ''Film/TheDarkKnightTrilogy'', Music/MiracleOfSound broke from his normal pattern of video game-inspired music to create [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oIfk5-8oy_o "Rise"]].
* Next time you watch ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'', consider muting the film as the credits begin and playing [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VbIdnMgfb-4 this fan-made track]] over them. It starts low and quiet, but builds to a final crescendo for the trilogy that simply ''must'' be experienced.
* While it never made it into a Batman movie or TV show, there is the VillainSong [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y-SLN3whXW0 from a cancelled Batman musical.]] If you listen closely, you can hear the Music/DannyElfman theme mixed in with the awesomeness that is Music/MeatLoaf. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Ymjj7wQ5dY It was a cover of this]].
* ''Series/{{Batman}}'' is campy, but still iconic and awesome. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EtoMN_xi-AM Nanananananananana Batman!]]