I just watched Batman Begins via Netflix (yes, as usual, I’m way behind the movie curve…). I liked it pretty well, although I thought the beginning of the film was a bit draggy. One of the best minor bits, though, was that they hired Thelonious Monk to write the little piano bit that opened the access to the Batcave via the library. Okay, not really (note to the chronologically challenged: Mr. Monk has been dead lo the many a year) – but the plinky little theme of three notes doubled in parallel seconds had a certain Monkian piquancy. (Mmmm…piquant monkey! Or so Bucky Katt would say.)
Actually, I think I returned the DVD too soon: now I can’t check this, but I wonder if whoever came up with that little theme was consciously paying homage to the Batman TV series theme. Those interjections of “Batman” (along with horns) which gave that theme a very distinctive texture? Parallel seconds.
In fact – and now I might be stretching it, and I really wish I still had the DVD and a copy of the Batman TV theme to compare – remember in the TV theme those horn blats that went along with the famous BIFF!! BANG!! action graphics? I seem to recall that they went in a sequence of note/lower note/higher note…which is exactly the sequence of the piano-key key to the Batcave in Batman Begins. A really clever composer would have used the same notes.
Or at least, a really geeky composer.