1. Jarhead (2005) – “Something in the Way”
Long before director Matt Reeves used “Something in the Way” as his inspiration in working on the script for The Batman, the song was first used as one of the soundtracks for a film called Jarhead. The film, directed by Sam Mendes, is adapted from the true story of Anthony Swofford while serving in the Gulf War.
During his service in the Gulf War, Swofford became suspicious of his girlfriend after another soldier told her about a woman who had an affair while her partner was at war. When Swofford calls his girlfriend to the point where his suspicions of his girlfriend are carried away by a dream, that’s where you can hear the song “Something in the Way” used as the backsound.
2. Captain Marvel (2019) – “Come As You Are”
The Batman isn’t the only superhero film to use the song Nirvana as a soundtrack. Three years before the release of The Batman, the Captain Marvel film first used Nirvana’s song “Come As You Are” as one of the soundtracks. Moreover, Captain Marvel’s storyline is set in the 1990s, the heyday of Nirvana.
The song “Come As You Are” appears in this film when Starforce manages to capture Captain Marvel and make the superhero interact with Supreme Intelligence. The placement of the song is practically perfect because “Come As You Are” was heard when Captain Marvel just opened his eyes when he arrived at Supreme Intelligence’s room.
3. Shoot ‘Em Up (2007) – “Breed”
Apart from working on songs with slow tempos such as “Something in the Way”, Nirvana also composes songs with fairly fast and loud tempos, one of which is “Breed”. Songs like “Breed” are certainly suitable as a backsound for action-packed films, one of which is Shoot ‘Em Up.
The film, directed by Michael Davis, even includes the song “Breed” on the soundtrack album. Shoot ‘Em Up tells the story of Smith, a homeless man who saves a newborn baby. The baby was born to a mother killed by Hertz. As a result of this incident, Smith tries to keep the baby and reveals the conspiracy.
4. Pan (2015) – “Smells Like Teen Spirit”
Some of you must be familiar with the story of Peter Pan. In 2015, Warner Bros. released a film made as a prequel to the story of Peter and Wendy, entitled Pan. Apart from being a prequel, Pan also tells an alternative story of the origins of the relationship between Peter Pan and Captain Hook.
Unfortunately, Pan arguably failed when it was released. Despite the failure, there is one scene from this film that is quite memorable. That moment is when Peter is first brought to Neverland. The people who were mining Pixum then sang the song “Smells Like Teen Spirit” to welcome Blackbeard’s arrival.
5. Beautiful Boy (2018) – “Territorial Pissings”
Timothee Chalamet is now one of the most well-regarded young Hollywood actors. Prior to appearing in Dune (2021), Chalamet had starred in a biopic called Beautiful Boy. The film, directed by Felix van Groeningen, is adapted from a memoir written by father and son, David and Nic Sheff.
Beautiful Boy tells the story of a father and son relationship which is disturbed because his son is addicted to drugs. Well, the song “Territorial Pissings” from Nirvana was heard during the scene where David was looking for his son in the rain. While looking for Nic, a flashback scene appears showing David and Nic enjoying the trip while singing the song “Territorial Pissings“.