Batman is Prince's eleventh album. It was released as a soundtrack to the 1989 movie of the same name and was a considerable commercial success. It was recorded quickly following the Lovesexy tour and it has a dark, stripped back sound.
The album is notable for being the first to feature extensive sampling, with Prince using the Publison IM-90 Infernal Machine for sampling everything from guitars and keyboards to film dialogue. It also features the LinnDrum instead of the LM-1 on some of the songs. Prince also refused to use his Hohner Madcat on this album, preferring the more futuristic sound of his Dave Rusan Cloud guitar.