Once upon a time, there was a Batman movie called Batman And Robin. Packed with stars like George Clooney, Chris O’Donnell, Alicia Silverstone, Arnold Schwartz-his-name, Uma Thurman, and John Glover (hey, I like John Glover), it swiftly became the Batman movie everyone would rather forget. Which seems to be saying something, after Batman Forever.
Batman And Robin itself didn’t fare so well, but songs from the soundtrack became quite popular. The Smashing Pumpkins got a Grammy for their contribution (“The End Is the Beginning Is the End”) R.E.M. had a track on there, too. Neither of these were in the three that hit the U.S. Top Ten. The song I want to talk about today was the lowest-scoring of those three, coming in at number 9. Which, co-incidentally, is the exact same position it reached in the UK charts.
R. Kelly was never my kind of music, though I seem to recall one of my friends quite liking him. Saying his name in a Jonny Briggs accent provided momentary amusement (Jonny’s sister, for example, being referred to as “our Rita”).
The song, though. The song itself has a major problem, that has plagued me all these 18 years of the song’s existence, and slaps me in the face every time I think of it.
“A city of justice, a city of love, a city of peace
For every one of us
We all need it, can’t live without it
A Gotham City, oh yeah”
Hmmm, a city of justice, of love, of peace.
If it were those things, it wouldn’t need Batman, now, would it?