Verdict: 4 / 5
The Music Of DC Comics: Volume 2 follows the same format of its predecessor, which covered some of the music from DC Comics’ 75 year history of film, television and radio show adaptations. In other words, it’s a mixed bag of 29 tunes, good and bad. Still, it’s been a busy couple of years since the last volume came out and DC have covered a lot of ground in that time.
Batman music composer Danny Elfman once said that classical music – new classical music – is still out there. Only these days it’s called film scores. The style may be a little different, but it’s no less operatic or creative than the centuries-old music which critics revere so highly. It only takes an open mind to see how true that is.
However, be warned… This isn’t something for music fans. This is for hardcore fanboys and fangirls, geeks and nerds, and pop culture junkies who will have a hoot at hearing some of the cheesiness offered up.
Some are pretty obvious, like Fight Night from Bv.S, Penguin Makes Moves from the TV show Gotham, The Flash vs. Arrow and the Legends of Tomorrow theme from their respective shows. Those are okay, although they’ll hardly get toes tapping. Unlike the bubblegum pop style of Jordyn Kane’s Get Your Cape On from DC Superhero Girls, which may be dopey but it’s still pretty fun. There are some oddities too, like the Joker singing the classic Jingle Bells/Batman Smells and the intro from the terrifyingly bad The Adventures Of Superpup pilot episode.
Some tracks belonged on the first volume and were woefully overlooked, like the classic Batman ’66 theme, Danny Elfman’s whirlwind-like orchestral anthem from the original Flash TV series and the themes from the brilliant Batman and Superman animated shows. Fans of classic serials may recognise the 1949 Batman And Robin theme instantly, and the classic Lex Luthor theme and Can You Read My Mind? by John Williams are always entertaining.
Then there are a couple of tracks which don’t make sense.
In particular, a couple of by Arthur Korb and the theme from Challenge of the Super Friends. The Korb tracks are almost all bad while the Super Friends one seems pointless since there were two other versions on the first volume. They could have included the Joker’s chilling version of Only You from Arkham City, the theme from Static Shock or the classic Music Meister songs from Brave and the Bold – easily one of the most acclaimed episodes of any superhero show ever.
But they didn’t. Instead we get Superpup and those lousy Korb tracks. However, one was good: Metamorpho. In an astonishingly catchy track, it tells an accurate origin of the element man and just what makes him the hardluck hero his fans know and love. Or at least tolerate.
As a second glimpse at DC’s history in other mediums, The Music of DC Comics: Volume 2 is a decent offering despite it overlooking some crucial moments. It may not be all-inclusive, and that’s understandable. But unless you’re a hardcore comic book nerd who’s into nostalgia, it won’t be of much interest anyway.