‘The Batman’ Score: Michael Giacchino Celebrates Batman Day

HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 09: Film Score Composer Michael Giacchino attends the Universal Pictures' "Jurassic World" premiere at Dolby Theatre on June 9, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

I’m going to be brutally honest today, readers. Up until writing this article, I had very little interest in Matt Reeves’ take on the Caped Crusader, The Batman. Robert Pattinson’s casting didn’t help to do anything except increase my lack of enthusiasm. Sadly, the man will always represent certain characters from my youth that I have no desire to revisit. However, upon learning that the score of The Batman is being composed by the wonderful Michael Giacchino, I now cannot WAIT for this movie’s release.

A Little Background

For those who don’t know him, Michael Giacchino is the most prolific soundtrack scorer of the past couple of decades. Additionally, he’s a huge nerd who devotes himself deeply to his work. His soundtracks cover most Pixar films, the J.J. Abrams Star Trek trilogy, and many other films that listeners would instantly be able to recognize. Giacchino himself is fairly humble about his talent, as he deeply respects and admires other film composers like Hans Zimmer and John Williams (his personal hero). I got to meet Mr. Giacchino a few years ago at a concert of his music, and I’m proud to say he was the first celebrity I ever met. He’s my favorite film composer of all time, and I don’t say that lightly.

As mentioned, Giacchino is a sizeable nerd, and much of his work relates to his interests. Therefore it should surprise no one that the composer is working diligently on the score of The Batman. He even posted a clip of the score played by the orchestra to his Twitter account on Batman Day.

I’m so excited. Even this thirty-second clip lives up to what fans have come to expect from Batman films, and from Giacchino. The music is epic and breathtaking and even a bit moving. Yet, the clip only has one musical phrase! Even if this film doesn’t turn out to give the best take on the Bat, at the very least, viewers will have another Giacchino score to pore over and admire.

Giacchino’s Take

Giacchino is excited about the film’s release. He’s worked closely with director Matt Reeves and says the film will be a “fresh take” on the Batman story.

I do love (the movie)… I think what (Reeves) is doing is really cool, and it’s different and it feels fresh. In the way that I get excited when I see a new graphic novel or comic book coming out with a new take on it. It feels like that… I felt total freedom to do whatever I want… Matt (Reeves) always agreed, this is our Batman, this is our vision. In the same way that I always loved, what I still do about Batman comics and graphic novels is that each of these artists, each of these authors they take their own crack at what they want this to be. It’s their version of Batman.

Despite my initial disinterest in this project, I am fully on board with this new Batman film now. Honestly, anything with Michael Giacchino signed on already has me on board. Moreover, this collaboration leaves me hopeful that more viewers will become fans of Giacchino’s work, and that my favorite composer will have work for years to come.

The Batman will be released on March 4, 2022

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