When a song transcends the show it was made for, you have to pay it its due. The Spider-Man theme has continued to be featured in the comics, both movie series, and video games. Not to mention the various parodies and covers. It continues to be the go-to song for Spider-Man, even for those who have never seen the actual show it’s from.
While the original theme was excellent, when the show shifted to Justice League Unlimited it gave us a theme that was infused with energy. The first few opening notes gave you that epic sense of scale that the series would encompass, and then erupts into a treat for the ears with a rock ‘n’ roll soundtrack. A departure from the usual orchestral nature of the DCAU, but a welcomed one.
When the success of Superman: The Animated Series inspired Warner Bros. Animation to revive Batman: The Animated Series, they paired the two shows together in the package program The New Batman/Superman Adventures. Complete with an original opening, the show gained a new theme that deftly blended elements evocative of both heroes in an excellent composition.
This was an all-new, all-different Batman. That meant he needed a different kind of theme. This techno riff for Batman Beyond definitely fit the futuristic tone of the show and drove home the point that this wasn’t your grandpappy’s Batman.
While what few lyrics there are aren’t quite as catchy as “Spider-Man / Spider-Man / Does whatever a spider can”, it still had a way of sticking with you. This theme welcomed Spidey to a new generation of fans. The rock and roll riffs emphasized the action-oriented nature of the show, and was just damn cool to listen to.
According to Previously on X-Men, the song was submitted and rejected about 20 times before they found a theme that everyone was happy with. And boy, was it worth it. As the first X-Men production to take the material seriously, X-Men: The Animated Series needed a serious song to go with it. Very few people can hear the opening chords and NOT know what it belongs to.
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