Natalie Holt, composer for DC’s canceled Batgirl, has revealed she sought Batman composer Danny Elfman’s blessing to use his theme for scenes featuring Michael Keaton’s iteration of the Dark Knight.
Before its shocking last-minute cancellation at the hands of Warner Bros. Discovery, Batgirl was set to see Michael Keaton return to the role of Batman opposite Leslie Grace’s Barbara Gordon. While Keaton’s return wouldn’t be explained until next year’s The Flash, it was one of many elements that fans were excited to see in the movie.
Composer Natalie Holt recently spoke about scoring scenes featuring Michael Keaton’s iconic take on Batman, saying she spoke to Danny Elfman, about incorporating elements of the score he composed for Keaton’s Batman movies.
Batman’s Theme (Almost) Returns
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter recently, Natalie Holt revealed she had spoken to Danny Elfman about incorporating his Batman theme into her score.
Holt explained that it was important to her to maintain continuity with Michael Keaton’s previous Batman outings in her score for Batgirl. For her as a composer, this meant using Keaton’s original Batman theme in the soundtrack for his scenes in the DC movie.
“I wanted to use his original  Batman theme for Michael, to keep that continuity going,” Holt said in the interview. “Danny Elfman had given me his blessing.”
Given the iconic status of Danny Elfman’s Batman score, elements of which Elfman included in his score for the 2017 theatrical cut of Justice League, it’s exciting to imagine how it might have been used in Batgirl.
Despite the film’s cancellation, Natalie Holt is keeping busy with a different superhero project. Holt is currently working on the score for the second season of Marvel’s Loki, having also served as the composer for the first season of the Disney Plus series.
Here is the synopsis for the first season of the Disney Plus series Loki, where Natalie Holt’s work can be heard:
In Marvel Studios’ “Loki,” the mercurial villain Loki (Tom Hiddleston) resumes his role as the God of Mischief in a new series that takes place after the events of “Avengers: Endgame.”
Directed by Kate Herron, with Michael Waldron serving as head writer, Loki stars Tom Hiddleston, Sophia Di Martino, Owen Wilson, and Gugu Mbatha-Raw.
Loki Season 2 will premiere next summer on Disney Plus. Stay tuned for all the latest news on the future of the series and the future of Michael Keaton’s Batman in the DCEU, and subscribe to Heroic Hollywood’s YouTube channel for more original video content.