We learned earlier this year that Hans Zimmer planned to follow up his work on Man of Steel and reunite with director Zack Snyder for the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice score. However, Zimmer admitted the unique challenge created “a bit of a problem in [his] head,” as he had to figure out how to approach the new Batman without repeating his work on the Christopher Nolan Batman trilogy.
Zimmer has revealed his solution: He will take care of Superman and recruited Junkie XL to take over Batman duty. More after the jump.
“You know something? I have agonized over it. I agonized over it, so much so that finally, I went, I don’t want to betray what Chris, James Newton Howard and I did. And so I asked Zack [Snyder] if it would be OK if I called a friend in. And I’m going to be working with Junkie XL, who really is a great friend. He just finished the Mad Max score. I said to him, “You take care of Batman. I’ll do the other guy.” And Zack loved that idea. It’s a way out.”
Here’s what Zimmer told us previously about his Batman problem:
“It’s creating a bit of a problem in my head right now. Quite honestly, I have to sit down with Zack and have a chat with him about what he’s trying to do because what I don’t want to do is go back to that well. It’s a different Batman; Christian Bale and what I did with Chris, that needs to have its autonomous life. I don’t want to go and now appropriate that and put that into the other Batman.”
Assuming Zimmer and Junkie XL can find common ground weave their contributions into a unified score, I like the creativity.
To get some sense of what their collaboration may sound like, here are three collaborations between Zimmer and Junkie XL that appeared on the deluxe edition of the Man of Steel soundtrack.
Additionally, here’s the Junkie XL remix “Bombers Over Ibiza” that appeared on the Dark Knight Rises soundtrack: