Musical Themes in the Dark Knight Trilogy, Part 4 of 6: The Dark Knight — 7 Comments

  1. This is great!

    One thing I would add to the analysis of the Joker’s theme is that the rising gliss is reminiscent of a police siren, possibly hoping to conflate the Joker with criminality.

  2. Great analysis!
    I am writing a big assignment on the dark knight music and i was wondering where you Got the note (sheet) from, did you write Them yourself or did you get Them from a book (if so, what book)

  3. The rising gliss of the Joker’s theme reminds me of the sound of an approaching aircraft similar to the use of a sound effect of an plane getting nearer until passing overhead at the climax of Pink Floyd’s “In The Flesh?” from the opening of The Wall.
    I watched The Dark Knight last night and was noodling on my guitar as I watched. I ended up playing along to the entire film score. I was very surprised by the simplicity and how dressing two notes up in an orchestra can be like someone putting on eye glasses to appear more intelligent.
    Batman’s theme (heard under Gordon’s speech at the end of the movie and credit roll) uses the same chords as “Since I’ve Been Loving You” by Led Zeppelin and “Elephant Man” by Mastodon.
    I do recall my original viewing of The Dark Knight in it’s theatrical run and being very impressed by the score – and the hair rising on the back of my neck the first time I “felt” the Joker’s rising gliss.

  4. Hey,

    Had you notice that Dent’s theme is actually in Batman Begins a couple times? Listen to Myotis.

    Do you have an explanation for that?

  5. Top 10: American Film Score Composers

    1. John Williams (1932-Present)
    2. Danny Elfman (1953-Present)
    3. James Horner (1953-2015)
    4. Jerry Goldsmith (1929-2004)
    5. Alan Silvestri (1950-Present)
    6. James Newton Howard (1951-Present)
    7. Elmer Bernstein (1922-2004)
    8. Michael Kamen (1948-2003)
    9. Ennio Morricone (1929-2020)
    10. Hans Zimmer (1957-Present)

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