Batman (score)

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For the Prince music soundtrack to the film, see Batman (album).
Batman: Original Motion Picture Score
Film score by Danny Elfman
Released May 1989
Genre Soundtrack
Length 54:45
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Danny Elfman and Steve Bartek
Danny Elfman chronology
Beetlejuice
(1988)
Batman
(1989)
Dick Tracy
(1990)
Batman soundtrack chronology
Batman (score)
(1989)
Batman (album)
(1989)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars
Filmtracks 5/5 stars
Movie Music UK 5/5 stars
Movie Wave 4/5 stars
Music From The Movies favorable
Score Sounds 9.5/10 stars
Soundtrack Express 5/5 stars
SoundtrackNet 4.5/5 stars
Static Mass Emporium 5/5 stars

Batman: Original Motion Picture Score is the score album for the 1989 film Batman by Danny Elfman. According to the Batman DVD Special Edition, Elfman said that producer Jon Peters was not sure about him as a composer until Tim Burton made him play the main titles. Elfman admitted he was stunned when Peters announced that the score would be released on its own album, as releasing a separate score album for a film was something that was rarely done in the 1980s. Elfman's "The Batman Theme" went on to become an iconic piece. It served as the basis for the theme music of Batman: The Animated Series, which premiered in 1992, although this was later changed. Some parts of the Elfman score are also heard in Lego Batman: The Videogame and Lego Batman 2: DC Superheroes. Parts are also played in the queue, and on the station platform of Batman the Ride at various Six Flags theme parks.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "The Batman Theme" (2:38)
  2. "Roof Fight" (1:20)
  3. "First Confrontation" (4:43)
  4. "Kitchen, Surgery, Face-off" (3:07)
  5. "Flowers" (1:51)
  6. "Clown Attack" (1:45)
  7. "Batman to the Rescue" (3:56)
  8. "Roasted Dude" (1:01)
  9. "Photos/Beautiful Dreamer" (2:27)
  10. "Descent into Mystery" (1:31)
  11. "The Bat Cave" (2:35)
  12. "The Joker's Poem" (0:56)
  13. "Childhood Remembered" (2:43)
  14. "Love Theme" (1:30)
  15. "Charge of the Batmobile" (1:41)
  16. "Attack of the Batwing" (4:44)
  17. "Up the Cathedral" (5:04)
  18. "Waltz to the Death" (3:55)
  19. "The Final Confrontation" (3:47)
  20. "Finale" (1:45)
  21. "Batman Theme (Reprise)" (1:28)

Complete score[edit]

La-La Land Records released Danny Elfman's complete score to Batman on July 27, 2010.[1]

Disc One: Original Score (film version)

  1. "Main Title"* (2:42)
  2. "Family*/First Batman*/Roof Fight*" (3:24)
  3. "Jack Vs. Eckhardt"* (1:37)
  4. "Up Building*/Card Snap*" (1:54)
  5. "Bat Zone*/Axis Set-Up*" (1:55)
  6. "Shootout"* (5:42)
  7. "Dinner Transition*/Kitchen Dinner* (**)/Surgery*" (3:00)
  8. "Face–Off* (**)/Beddy Bye*" (3:59)
  9. "Roasted Dude"* (1:03)
  10. "Vicki Spies (Flowers)"* (1:56)
  11. "Clown Attack"* (1:59)
  12. "Photos*/Beautiful Dreamer* (***)" (2:30)
  13. "Men at Work"* (0:33)
  14. "Paper Spin*/Alicia’s Mask*" (0:30)
  15. "Vicki Gets a Gift"* (1:13)
  16. "Alicia’s Unmasking"* (1:10)
  17. "Batman to the Rescue*/Batmobile Charge*/Street Fight*" (4:25)
  18. "Descent into Mystery"* (1:33)
  19. "Bat Cave*/Paper Throw*" (2:48)
  20. "The Joker’s Poem"* (0:59)
  21. "Sad Pictures"* (0:38)
  22. "Dream*/Challenge*/Tender Bat Cave* (**)" (4:28)
  23. "Charge of the Batmobile"* (1:43)
  24. "Joker Flies to Gotham (Unused)*/Batwing I*" (0:31)
  25. "Batwing II*/Batwing III*" (6:02)
  26. "Cathedral Chase"* (5:07)
  27. "Waltz to the Death"* (3:58)
  28. "Showdown I*/Showdown II*" (5:05)
  29. "Finale"* (**) (1:47)
  30. "End Credits"* (1:29)

Disc Two: Original Soundtrack Album (remastered)

  1. "The Batman Theme" (2:37)
  2. "Roof Fight" (1:22)
  3. "First Confrontation" (4:43)
  4. "Kitchen/Surgery/Face–Off"** (3:09)
  5. "Flowers" (1:51)
  6. "Clown Attack" (1:46)
  7. "Batman to the Rescue" (3:57)
  8. "Roasted Dude" (1:02)
  9. "Photos/Beautiful Dreamer"*** (2:31)
  10. "Descent into Mystery" (1:33)
  11. "The Bat Cave" (2:35)
  12. "The Joker’s Poem" (0:59)
  13. "Childhood Remembered" (2:43)
  14. "Love Theme"** (1:30)
  15. "Charge of the Batmobile" (1:41)
  16. "Attack of the Batwing" (4:45)
  17. "Up the Cathedral" (5:05)
  18. "Waltz to the Death" (3:56)
  19. "The Final Confrontation" (3:48)
  20. "Finale" (**) (***) (1:46)
  21. "Batman Theme Reprise" (1:31)

Bonus Cues

  1. "News Theme"* (0:11)
  2. "Joker’s Commercial"* (1:23)
  3. "Joker’s Muzak (unused)"* (1:15)
  4. "Main Title (alt 1)"* (2:42)
  5. "Photos*/Beautiful Dreamer (alt)* (**)" (2:33)
  6. "Batman to the Rescue (original ending)"* (0:52)
  7. "Charge of the Batmobile (film edit)"* (1:47)
  8. "Main Title (alt 2)"* (2:47)

(*) Previously unreleased
(**) includes "Scandalous!" composed by Prince with John L. Nelson
(***) includes "Beautiful Dreamer" composed by Stephen Foster

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1989) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard 200[2] 30

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