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Subj: The Batman Theme and the Imperial March
Posted: Sun Apr 24, 2022 at 04:20:36 pm EDT (Viewed 139 times)
If you didn't see The Batman yet, fear not. There are no spoilers in this post, unless you consider a discussion of the soundtrack to be a spoiler - and if you do, then please stop reading.
Again, if you consider a discussion of a movie's soundtrack to be a spoiler, then please stop reading.
The Batman Theme is more than just the theme music of the film. It's the theme music of the protagonist. When Batman, in costume, enters a scene dramatically, the theme plays.
And every time it does, it makes me think of Darth Vader.
Thing is, I would swear the whole thing was intentional. I think the composer wanted me to think of Darth Vader when Batman entered a scene dramatically. And that's what this thread is about.
What do you think of films employing musical signaling of this sort? Meta-signaling, you might say. Let's play with made-up, hypothetical examples. A brand new horror movie is set in a dark woodland where hill people live off the grid. As the main characters travel deeper into the woods, the infamous banjo picking from Deliverance begins to play, over and over. What would you think of that?
Or a brand new sci-fi movie is centered around first contact with extra-terrestrials, and as the aliens land on the soil of Earth and disembark, the famous series of notes from Close Encounters of the Third Kind begins to play, over and over. What would you think of that?
I find the "meta" aspect intriguing. At first I found it off-putting, but the more I think about it, the more I like it. It's like the movie industry is cannibalizing itself. It's horrible, but it's horrible like a painting by Francisco Goya. Transcendent awfulness. A monster given life from out of the sewn-together flesh of stolen corpses. A potentially infinite regress of musical references which, if one were so foolhardy as to look down into the ever-receding abyss of out-of-reach origination, would drive one as mad as any Lovecraftian victim of mind-blasting chaos.
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