“The movie destroyed my soundtrack”

During a recent interview with Premiere Guitar, the famous composer Danny Elfman revealed that he was not at all happy with the way his score was used in Tim Burton’s famous Batman.

Elfman, who throughout his career has signed the music for several Burtonian titles, including Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands e Batman Returns he has declared: “I was terribly dissatisfied with the work done on Batman. We recorded the soundtrack on three channels, right, center, left, and basically during post-production they completely removed the center channel from the music. The score was treated without care. I’ve played a lot of soundtracks in great action scenes, but by the end of the work on Batman I realized that I could have my orchestra play anything for that movie. I could have written the film with some percussion, a harmonica and a banjo because, without the center channel, all you hear is some percussion in the highlights, but you can’t really hear what the orchestra is doing.“.

Elfman added: “That was my first lesson on how so-called industry professionals can take a movie soundtrack and do their thing without the slightest effort.

Danny Elfman will soon return to the world of cinecomics to write the music of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness by Sam Raimi, after having already written those of Avengers: Age of Ultron by Joss Whedon and those by Spider-Man e Spider-Man 2. As for Batmaninstead, after the music by Hans Zimmer for Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, the next film The Batman, directed by Matt Reeves, will enjoy the music of the award-winning Michael Giacchino.

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