A piece of fan art for The Batman inserts Robert Pattinson’s Bruce Wayne and Zoë Kravitz’s Selina Kyle into the cover art of My Chemical Romance’s second album, Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge. Matt Reeves’ reinterpretation of the Batman mythos recently released, after numerous delays, to wide critical praise and an impressive box office take as fans have hailed it as potentially the best Batman movie yet. With the hugely positive reception and solid box office takings, it seems that this new version of the Caped Crusader is here to stay with fans eagerly speculating on what villains and storylines await Pattinson’s Batman in future sequels.
One noteworthy element of the film’s aesthetic was the use of licensed music, specifically the track “Something in the Way” by Nirvana as part of their album, Nevermind. The melancholic, downbeat medley is fitting of this darker take on the character and served as an immediate tone setter through its incorporation into the trailers alongside Michael Giacchino’s orchestrations. The song then features in two prominent moments in the film itself, playing in the first and third acts as a signifier of the beginning and the end of Bruce Wayne’s character arc.
Artist, Lauren Moran, has crafted a beautiful addition to the world of fan art for The Batman which sees Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle parody the album cover of My Chemical Romance’s Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge. …er faithfully recreates the general layout of the cover art for that particular album, which was a painting by band member Gerard Way, called The Demolition Lovers, that was intended to represent Bonnie and Clyde, with two blood-stained lovers finding comfort in each others presence. This piece features Pattinson’s Bruce and Kravitz’s Selina, out of costume under a monochrome filter with vibrant crimson blood splatters over each other’s faces as they are caught in a moment of attraction. Check out the art below:
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The piece is a fitting meld of the two elements as the stylings of My Chemical Romance are very much in line with the alternative rock music of Nirvana that the film heavily features. The Batman‘s use of licensed music follows a trend that comic book movies have very much leaned into over the last decade by not just using licensed tracks but making them a part of the film’s story and themes. This was arguably kickstarted in James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy in which Peter Quill’s mixtape of ’70s hit songs was the one thing that connected him to his late mother and signified his mindset of being stuck in the past while finding strength and comfort in the music she shared with him. This mindset has since been adopted in subsequent comic book properties, such as with Led Zepplin’s “Immigrant Song” being connected to Thor’s personal growth in Thor Ragnarok, or The Monkees’ “Daydream Believer” being the perfect summation of WandaVision’s story.
Going forward, it’s unclear whether the series launched by The Batman will continue to use the same type of music in a similar way. As previously mentioned, “Something in the Way” was not only a marketing tool but was featured in two prominent moments in the film, with the song even being used diegetically as Bruce listens to it in the Batcave. It would make sense for a similar genre of music to feature in the sequel, even if it isn’t anything by Nirvana, as that style was very much part of the film’s genetic makeup. In that sense, perhaps this fan art is already positing the next killer needle-drop for The Batman 2.
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