23 June 2014 2:25 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Today marks the 25th anniversary of the release of “Batman,” a movie that is much beloved by much of the Hitfix staff, not only for Tim Burton’s dystopian vision of Gotham, but for Prince’s outrageously dynamic soundtrack and Danny Elfman's ominous score.  Five years after Prince’s magnum opus, “Purple Rain”—and two years after the less-said-about-it-better “Under the Cherry Moon”—Prince’s songs for “Batman” became as synonymous with  the movie as Michael Keaton’s doleful Batman and Jack Nicholson’s over-the-top Joker.  Using Prince, who recorded for Warner Bros., provided nice synergy between the film studio and the record label. Of course, by 1989, quite a few movies had featured soundtracks composed by one act:  Simon & Garfunkel and “The Graduate,” Curtis Mayfield and “Superfly,” and Bob Dylan and “Pat Garrett and Billy The Kid,” to name a few. Not only was Prince's soundtrack a perfect fit for the movie, »


- By Melinda Newman, Louis Virtel, Kristopher Tapley, Drew McWeeney, Dave Lewis, Katie Hasty, Chris Eggertson

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