Yeah, DC we know you have your mixtape. But we have an entirely different set of bars to play in the background.
We were working in our lab getting our own mixtape when we saw yours drop, and we can appreciate some of the song samples. But when we saw Taylor Swift six tracks down, Khadijah painted a nice word picture for us of what that might look like:
Catwoman, singing: CANT YOU SEE THAT IM THE ONNNE WHO UNDERSTANDS YOU BEEN HERE ALLL ALONG!
Batman, full Christian Bale voice: SO WHY CANT YOU SEEEEEEE MEEEEE.
Which was reason enough to drop our alternate playlist to the Prelude to the Wedding, Batman #48-#50, and Catwoman #1.
Spoilers for Batman #50, out this week.
Before the Wedding
Somewhere in Gotham, a guitarist is walking home from a day of busking before stumbling onto the ruins of a church that has been there for God knows how long. He hears faint and familiar laughter. Although he’s been a Gotham citizen for ages, he can’t quite place the voices and instead carefully takes out his guitar and plays a somber rift. As Bat, Cat, and Batfamily prepare for the Big Day, there’s a mix of emotion in the air.
Jimi Hendrix — All Along the Watchtower
There must be somewhere out of here.
Said the Joker to the Thief.
Panic! At The Disco — Mercenary
In Love, I have Always been a Mercenary, but I never leave my post
Radiohead — A Punch Up At a Wedding
“You’ve come here just to start a fight
You had to piss on our parade
You had to shred our big day
You had to ruin it for all concerned”
Tricky — She Makes Me Wanna Die (“The Replacement Killers” OST Mix)
Cherish the things she knows
Says if I change my stride
Then I’ll fly
She makes me want to die
Change my stride
Cardi B feat. SZA — I Do
I do what I like, I do, I do
ManKind — W.C.W
Still a ride or die, she would go to war for me
Open doors for me
By just standing by my side, the left hand to my right
I need a best best man, I need ring, I need tux , I need in-depth plans
I need some stocks to invest in
On the surface I’m clean, but I ain’t Mr. Perfect
I know I can be missing person
With a cold case of cold feet
But who wants to be an old dog with no leash that got fleas
On one knee I’ll profess these hopes
Until then please except this post
To my Woman Crush Wednesday…
Lamb — Wise Enough
Are we not wise enough, to give all we are
Surely we’re bright enough, to outshine the stars
But humankind gets so lost in finding its way
But we have a chance to make a difference til our dying day
The Big Day
Judge Willford knows how big this is and he knows he’ll too drunk to deliver it properly. So, he writes. “There are rare occasions where things come together just right in Gotham. Consider the tremendous circumstances that can bring together, in matrimony, a billionaire orphan and street-hardened pickpocket. Consider the necessary alignment of brilliance and madness needed to create Batman’s rogues gallery. Imagine the odds that either of these truly broken people could fix one another. Consider how big the world is. Now step back and see the pieces come together for the opportunity to have this man and this woman to meet eyes. To deconstruct each other’s identities through the simple acknowledgement of the color of one another’s eyes. How could this not be fate?” He is proud to have written it and hopes to see it affirm their love accordingly, then blacks out with bourbon on hand and the radio on.
Grace Jones — The Hunter Gets Captured By The Game
Secretly I’ve been trailing you,
Like a Fox that preys on a Rabbit,
I had to get you, and so I knew,
I had to learn all your ways and all your habbits.
You’re the catch that I was after,
I looked up and I was in your arms,
And I know I was captured.
D’Angelo — Cruisin’
We’re gonna fly away, plan to go my way
I love it when we’re cruising together
Sia — Cheap Thrills
Baby I don’t need no dollar bills to have fun tonight
I love cheap thrills
I don’t need no money
You’re worth more than diamonds more than gold
From the musical The Scarlet Pimpernel — Storybook
Come and wake me!
Come be the love I can hold now
Storybook love leaves me cold now
Show me the way to stop dreaming
There is only one perfect storybook ending
That is the end of pretending
That is the moment I say, love me now!
Jay Electronica — Girlfriend
Would it hurt you to try me?
Every good man got a good woman behind him
And every superhero got a good woman beside him
Amy Winehouse – Some Unholy War
If my man was fighting, some unholy war
I would be behind him
Straight shook up beside him
With strength he didn’t know, it’s you I’m fighting for
He can’t lose with me in tow
I refuse to let him go
After the Wedding
The greatest love will hurt you the most. The greatest love will save you. Selina knows that her union to Bruce would bring him a happiness that would ruin the Dark Knight, and in turn ruin Gotham. The only way to save both the man she loves and herself, Selina does not show. (After so many rainy rooftop nights it’s ironic that they miss each other, by design, like thunder and lightning.) Where does Bruce go from here? In going this far, we see that he was ready to embrace feeling something other than loss. That marks a big emotional development for the stoic hero that will shape the the next wave of Tom King’s Batman run.
Seether ft. Amy Lee — Broken
‘Cause I’m broken when I’m lonesome
And I don’t feel right when you’re gone away
You’ve gone away
You don’t feel me here anymore
Siouxsie & The Banshees — Face to Face
We’re Siamese twins writhing intertwined
Face to face
No telling lies
The masks they slide to reveal a new disguise
Frank Sinatra — Summer Wind
Like painted kites, those days and nights they went flyin’ by
The world was new beneath a blue umbrella sky
Then softer than a piper man, one day it called to you
I lost you, I lost you to the summer wind
Daft Punk — Something About Us
I might not be the right one
It might not be the right time
But there’s something about us I’ve got to do
Some kind of secret I will share with you
I’ll miss you more than anything in my life
I’ll miss you more than anyone in my life
The Noisettes — Atticus
‘Cause you need that desire in your heart to survive
And you need that burning fire in your soul to know you’re still alive
So catch me when I fall, or did I dive at your delight?
Col3trane — Penelope
Come back and check on me
I need you to rescue what’s left of me
When I feel pain, you feeling ecstasy
She wanna see me in a cemetery
And we had a beautiful chemistry
We’d been feeding off each others energy
Yeah, I left on a quest for serenity
And I wish I could have had you next to me
Fiona Apple — Criminal
I’ve got to make a play
To make my lover stay
So what would an angel say
The Devil wants to know
What I need is a good defense, ‘cuz I’m feeling like a criminal
And I need to be redeemed to the one I’ve sinned against
Cuz he’s all I ever knew of love
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