'Untitled Self Portrait' (2014)Will Arnett and Mark Mothersbaugh
Batman plays a supporting role in 2014's 'The Lego Movie.' The flick's hilarious take on the grim vigilante spins the Dark Knight detective as an inept, egotistical jerk-ass who neglected Batarang practice long enough to write his own theme song. While the rest of that plastic world blissfully go about their daily lives singing “Everything is awesome,” Batman growls, "Darkness / No parents / Continued darkness / More darkness" over a pulverizing techno track. In our reality, the song was composed by Mark Mothersbaugh (the Devo frontman-turned-composer), written by co-writers and directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, and then performed by Will Arnett, whose raspy remarks represent the best Bat-voice since TV's Adam West. It's also the most thematically appropriate Bat-song since the 1960s television show. Since Tim Burton's brought 'Batman' to the big screen in 1989, directors, synergizers and musicians of various stripes have been trying to tie Batman into rock music, with wildly varying results and assorted degrees of Bat content.
Bat Content, on a scale of 1 to 10: 10. Nailed it — first try! Granted, as the Batarang scene demonstrates, Mr. Wayne is at his best when he doesn't have another outlet. That said, the spoken-word delivery is a natural extension of his inner monologue.