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Saturday, August 18, 2012

Batman has been battling crime in the movies since 1943. He frolicked on TV in the 1960s to bright, comic book-colored music by Neil Hefti and Nelson Riddle. But ever since Danny Elfman's score for Tim Burton's "Batman" of 1989, the adventures of The Dark Knight have been accompanied by dark-hued music, full of minor-key symphonic drama.

David Garland presents musical highlights from a range of Batman movies including The Batman's very first film appearance, through Shirley Walker's music for "Batman: The Animated Series" in the '90s, to Hans Zimmer's music for "The Dark Knight Rises."

Actor Arthur O'Connoll (Left) and Actor Gary Oldman (Right)

Comments [4]

David Garland

@Douglas from NJ, thank you for pointing out that O'Connell's name is incorrect in the photo caption. That'll be fixed as soon as possible.

@Marc & Luke, it'd be inaccurate to say that violent films necessarily beget violence, but I think it's also inaccurate to say that the ethos of violence in Nolan's Batman films (and lots of other movies) doesn't help provide validation to violent people in the real world. Anyway, that's my intuition; I don't think anyone has the statistics to resolve this debate.

And, Marc, yeah, I don't understand the red hair as a supposed reference to The Joker. Colorblind, maybe?

Aug. 18 2012 10:51 PM
Luke from NYC

I have listened to David Garland say several times on this program that the Christopher Nolan Batman movies are partially to blame for the Colorado shootings and that the movies give "kids" the fuel they would need to do such tragically absurd things like the shootings that transpired (note that James Holmes is not a kid). Garland feels the movies are too "dark". I disagree that they are "too much" anything. If Batman can for one second be taken outside of a children's context, it can be appreciated as a masterpiece that draws upon the chaos of the real world and our real anxieties towards crime and terrorism, rather than putting on rose colored shades and pretending that crime and terrorism are equivalent to Arnold Schwarzenegger with blue face paint and a snow blower.

Aug. 18 2012 09:55 PM
Marc Witz

Except -- the shooter had not seen the movie, it was the first performance and he came into the theatre and started his rampage 15 minutes into the film. You cannot blame this movie. One last thing -- the Joker has NEVER had red hair, he has green.

Aug. 18 2012 09:42 PM
Douglas from nj

The actor above from Picnic,and Bustop is Arthur O'connell, not O'connor.

Aug. 18 2012 09:26 PM

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