As of right now, there have been probably at least as many interpretations of Batman on the big screen as there have been in comic books. However, there is something interesting that is happening with Batman. There is discussion as to whether or not the Tim Burton Batman movies are connected to the DCEU. There are a few ideas that are being pushed forth in support of the theory. One idea is the Joker. Even though the Joker died in Tim Burton’s Batman (even though some say that in Batman Returns there is a newspaper headline that says that the Joker’s body disappears), there is the idea of there being more than one Joker.
Perhaps one thing that has sparked the idea that there is a connection between Tim Burton’s universe and the DCEU is Danny Elfman’s use of the Batman Theme from Tim Burton’s Batman movies. However, there has been a lot of effort to establish that this Batman is in a universe that is separate from the other Batman universe. As a matter of fact, Hans Zimmer, who was involved in Chris Nolan’s The Dark Knight Trilogy has taken the time to think about a new theme for Batman that is nothing like the themes that were used in Nolan’s movie. Danny Elfman has decided to use the old Batman theme.
One reason that Danny Elfman has used is that just because it is a new Batman does not mean that the theme has to change. Elfman has also said that the need to use a new theme for a rebooted version of a franchise is egotistical. Interestingly enough, the themes that Danny Elfman used have not been well received. Many people are petitioning for a Zack Snyder edition of the film with Junkie XL’s score.