Panic! At The Disco’s ‘Batman’ Song “Mercenary”: Idolator Premiere

Becky Bain / September 22, 2011

Batman fans have more to look forward to than the new Arkham City video game. Steampunk-styled duo Panic! At The Disco have contributed a brand new song to Batman: Arkham City — The Album, the game’s accompanying soundtrack featuring original tunes inspired by the Dark Knight. Panic’s track, the theatrical “Mercenary”, carries the twosome’s baroque-pop-punk exuberance in spades. Give your backbone a shiver by listening to the premiere of their new song below!

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“In love, I’ve always been a mercenary / But I never leave my post when the cash runs out,” frontman Brendon Urie sings on this fast-paced tune.

For those not up on the lingo, a mercenary is someone who works merely for money or reward. (We don’t think Batman ever scored a paycheck for his services to Gotham, but you never know! Maybe there was a tip jar outside the Bat Cave?)

Additionally, the dialogue during the breakdown (“How does it feel to stand on the very stones that ran with your parents’ blood?”) comes directly from the actual game, as supervillain Hugo Strange speaks to Batman.

If you dig “Mercenary,” you can grab the embeddable player over at PureVolume.

Batman: Arkham City – The Album drops October 4, two weeks before the release of the video game. Pre-order the album on iTunes. Panic! At The Disco’s third LP, Vices & Virtues, is out now. And you can catch them on the road this Fall with Patrick Stump.