They absolutely rock Detroit techno in ‘The Batman’ nightclub | Music News | Detroit

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The Batman.

The Batman, the latest installment of the film starring the popular DC Comics superhero, gets a wide release on Friday. We attended a preview screening on Tuesday, and we’re happy to report that there’s a nightclub depicted in the film, and they’re 100% rocking Detroit techno there.

The club in question is the Iceberg Lounge, which also serves as the home base of the series’ villain, the Penguin. In this version, it’s described as a post-industrial club with a warehouse rave vibe, the kind Detroit was known for in the 90s and early 2000s. So it’s perhaps no surprise that chose to soundtrack a scene there with the 2020 track “Frisk,” a collaboration between Detroit techno icon Kevin Saunderson and British DJ Patrick Topping.

You can listen to the track below.

Gotham City has long drawn comparisons to Motor City due to being both high-crime corporate towns and Art Deco architecture. The movie 2016 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was even filmed in and around Detroit, though sadly it wasn’t a big part of the show.

Our reviewer praised the depiction of Gotham City in The Batman for its whimsical and evocative atmosphere, which he compares to Edward Hopper’s paintings and Ridley Scott’s films. You can read his full review in this week’s issue. The film stars Robert Pattinson as Batman and Zoë Kravitz as Catwoman.

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Jerry C. Greiner