Batman Medley Video Celebrates 50 Years Of Music And Batmobiles
“He’s the hero Gotham deserves but not the one it needs right now. So we’ll hunt him because he can take it. And because he’s not our hero, he’s a silent guardian, a watchful protection.” – Batman Returns
Batman is a fictional superhero owned by DC Comics. The character was created by artist Bob Kane and writer Bill Finger and first appeared in Detective Comics #27 (in the May of 1939). Batman is the secret identity of Bruce Wayne, an American billionaire, industrialist, and philanthropist. Having witnessed the murder of his parents as a child, he swore revenge on criminals, an oath tempered with a sense of justice. Wayne trains himself both physically and intellectually and dons a bat-themed costume to fight crime.
As an American cultural icon, Batman has been licensed and adapted into a variety of media, from radio to television and film. The character also appears on a variety of merchandise sold all over the world, such as toys and video games.
Although Batman’s movie and TV adaptations have had varying degrees of success over the years, there is one aspect of the DC Comics franchise that has been almost universally good for the past five decades or so: the music.
As if to prove it, the Piano Guys – a duo consisting of a pianist and a cellist – have taken three iconic Batman themes, arranged them for their own instruments, and mashed them up in a really creative and compelling way. Not only that, they put it all in an absolutely beautifully shot video.
No words could express my feelings when I watched this video. It simply hit me hard with its classical arrangement and stunningly meticulous visuals that include three Batmobile replicas from the superhero franchise.
The medley begins with the Neal Hefti’s campy theme song from the 1960’s TV series, transition into the Danny Elfman’s theme track from the 1989 film, and then ends with “Like a Dog Chasing Cars” from Hans Zimmer’s 2008 score for The Dark Knight.
50 years of music and film all rolled together in front of the cars that have become icons of superhero history. This is one of those projects we’ve wanted to do from the very beginning of The Piano Guys. We love super heroes, the dramatic music that has brought them to life, and the vivid films that have made legends. We used piano, cello, handheld cameras, a radio controlled helicopter, and some crappy special effect techniques in the most creative ways possible to emulate the three epic eras of one of the greatest superheroes ever created: BATMAN!” said The Piano Guys
Batman Evolution is the latest creation from The Piano Guys, a group known for taking familiar songs and transforming them into piano-cello renditions for the YouTube Audiences.
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