Originally Posted by BatLobsterRises
I kind of disagree with the notion that ANY superhero score has to be swashbuckling, magical and catchy. It really just depends on the project. Elfman's theme would have felt out of place in Nolan's Batman movies. The more subtle, stirring approach worked for the realistic tone of those films.
You're absolutely right. Walker's theme has that element of tragedy within it, and a similar theme would be right at home in Nolan's Batman films. (But her Joker theme would be horribly out-of-place in TDK.)
But I wouldn't characterize Elfman or Goldenthal's work as swashbuckling or magical. They have melody and counterpoint -- and they have a certain broodiness and Gothic quality to the orchestration. That's entirely different than the wild fanfares and alternating time signatures for true swashbuckling scores like Adventures of Robin Hood
, Cutthroat Island
and Adventures of Don Juan