Danny Elfman Has A Great Story About Composing The Batman Theme On An Airplane

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Veteran Hollywood and TV composer Danny Elfman has an incredible story about composing the music for Tim Burton’s Batman while on an airplane. He said on Marc Maron’s podcast that he flew to London to visit the set to get inspired. On his trip back to America, inspiration struck, but he had a problem: he was on an airplane and wanted to record his ideas before he forgot them.

So he took his personal recorder into the bathroom to hum his musical ideas. But each time he got back to his seat, it wasn’t long until he had another idea and he headed for the bathroom again “because I couldn’t do this with the guy sitting next to me,” he said on the podcast, as covered by The Hollywood Reporter.

Eventually, the flight attendants took notice of this erratic behavior. After recording another segment of the music for Batman in the bathroom, Elfman opened the lavatory door and a flight attendant asked if he was OK. He said he was. But he quickly returned to the bathroom to record more of his thoughts. Later, he was greeted by three flight attendants who Elfman says believed he was in the bathroom doing cocaine.

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