LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 14: Michael Keaton attends the special screening and Q&A event for Hulu's "Dopesick" at El Capitan Theatre on June 14, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images)
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The Flash Super Bowl Trailer Respectfully Brings Back The Best Batman Theme
Despite strong competition like Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard's melody for the "Dark Knight" Trilogy, Danny Elfman's theme from Tim Burton's 1989 "Batman" has become the definitive one for the brooding superhero. Michael Keaton's Batman is returning for "The Flash," and as the movie's Super Bowl trailer indicates, Elfman's theme will join him.
Elfman's theme enters at the midpoint of the trailer when Barry Allen, aka the Flash, has mucked up the world by meddling with the timeline via super-speed, and there are two of him. The Barrys head to the Batcave to get help, and as the camera pulls back to reveal the back of Batman's mask and the cowl fills the frame, faint piano notes of Elfman's theme begin to play.
As the Barrys come face-to-face with Keaton's Bruce Wayne, the Caped Crusader again declares his signature line, "I'm Batman," with the music pointedly fading out as he does so. The trailer then cuts to a shot of him diving into battle against a group of gunmen, Elfman's theme drowning out the bullets and punches alike. "The Flash" arrives in theaters on June 16, 2023.