->"''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)

The ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamSeries'', ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'', ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'', the ''Franchise/DCExtendedUniverse'' and ''WesternAnimation/TheLEGOBatmanMovie'' [[AwesomeMusic/BatmanArkhamSeries have]] [[AwesomeMusic/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries pages]] [[AwesomeMusic/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold of]] [[AwesomeMusic/DCExtendedUniverse their]] [[AwesomeMusic/TheLEGOBatmanMovie 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=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 Confrontation".
*** 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.
%%** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2pTQ0ZvuIr4 "Attack of the Batwing"]], people.
* ''Film/TheDarkKnightTrilogy'':
** Whilst it seems to only be on the soundtrack to ''Film/BatmanBegins'', not in the actual movie (at least, not in its 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...
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZst_2xJHAI Molossus]], which ''also'' fits Batman flawlessly - it's nothing but 4 minutes of pure badassery, with an always-present sense of heroism and determination that reflects the fact that Batman will never, '''[[{{Determinator}} ever]]''' give up until all of Gotham is safe from crime.
** [[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.
** 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 Aggressive 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 minute 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.
** ''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.]]
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NU8v1MdipCY All Out War]] (imagery contains spoilers), which plays during the [[spoiler:final battle between Batman and Bane.]] It starts with Bane's {{Leitmotif}}, but then, 30 seconds in, it turns into something entirely different, becoming both intense and ''extremely'' climactic, and it really does hit home that this is the LastStand for both Batman and Bane. That whoever wins gets to decide Gotham's ultimate fate. That this is truly the GrandFinale. This theme screams nothing but: '''"[[PunctuatedForEmphasis It. Ends. Here.]]"'''
%%** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FqywxMzPDWI "Why Do We Fall"]].
%%** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZst_2xJHAI "Molossus"]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZH7UpSoIT8 "Antrozous"]] from ''Film/BatmanBegins''.
%%** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O_081gkpT8k The fire rises]], especially after 2:48.
* ''Franchise/DCExtendedUniverse'': [[AwesomeMusic/DCExtendedUniverse Has its own page]].

!!The Animated Movies:

* ''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! It helps get us into the mind of the Joker and how he feels the way he does, as well as an EarWorm, as well as LyricalDissonance, given that it's got nice music and is about a man going crazy.

!! The Animated Series:
* [[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!]]