Posted by: John Somebodiy Date: Friday, August 22, 2008, at 12:05 p.m. IP Address: 126.96.36.199
Hans Zimmer offended me by saying Elfman's Batman march was a "Happy Jolly" theme. Stylish and powerful, perhaps, but just because it is bold and unrelenting sounding doesn't make it happy and jolly! That would be like saying the Vader Imperial March is downright joyous! Maybe he is referencing the major note after the fanfare, but I think that makes Elfman's theme more mysterious and creepy myself.
And while I don't think the old march would be appropriate for the Christopher Nolan franchise (to heroic, stylish and exciting), I think Danny Elfman should score the next film because he can mimic the noble epic sound of James Newton Howard and the cold electronic brooding sound of Zimmer (and still do a better job!)
ps I also think that the new Batman theme for the next film should sound similar stylistically to the track Childhood Remembered in the 89' score. That perfectly captures the tragedy and mystique of Batman while having the modern electronic drive to make it work.