Although not originally written for the movie, U2’s rock-opera masterpiece Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me will always be associated with the film Batman Forever.
It was originally supposed to be a track on the 1993 album Zooropa, but was not chosen for the final tracklisting. Lead singer Bono was then cast to make a cameo in the film, but that also fell through.
Still wanting to be associated with the project, Bono offered for the song to be used in the soundtrack.
It proved an inspired move, landing the band an Oscar nomination for best original film song as well as a couple of Grammy nominations.
The version of the video we’ve linked to here just features film footage, however there is also a version which is interspersed with animation in which the band members battle Gotham City’s bad guys and Bono comes face to face with his various alter egos from the Zooropa tour.
While the film, in which Val Kilmer replaced Michael Keaton in the title role, fell short of fans’ expectations, the U2 song lives on two and a half decades after its release.