Though director Zack Snyder’s Superman redo Man of Steel proved to be a slightly divisive film, one of the highlights that most can agree on is composer Hans Zimmer’s score. Following in the footsteps of John Williams’ iconic Superman theme was no easy task, but Zimmer succeeded in crafting something wholly separate from the 1978 classic that helped reinvent Superman for our modern age. It also marked a shift for Snyder, who had collaborated with composer Tyler Bates on all of his previous features save for Legend of the Guardians.
As Snyder is knee-deep in pre-production on his Man of Steel follow-up Batman vs. Superman (unofficial title), many have been wondering whether Zimmer would return. As Zimmer already reinvented the Batman character less than a decade ago with Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight trilogy, we were curious to see if he’d be up for the challenge of doing it all over again with Ben Affleck’s iteration of the Caped Crusader. Apparently the answer is “yes”. Hit the jump to read on.
While speaking with Digital Spy, Hans Zimmer confirmed that he’s been asked to return and compose the score for the untitled Man of Steel follow-up, adding that he expects to begin work on the pic in a matter of months:
“We’ve already had a couple of chats, and once I finish the movie that I shall not talk about I will probably head over to where Zack is shooting his movie and just hang out a bit and see if we can come up with any ideas.”
When we caught up with the composer a few months ago, he admitted that he had reservations about returning to the Batman well:
“It’s creating a bit of a problem in my head right now. Quite honestly, I’ve gotta 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.”
It will certainly be interesting to see how he incorporates this new Batman into the soundscape for his Man of Steel universe, but since Affleck is playing a decidedly different iteration of the character from Christian Bale’s incarnation, one imagines Zimmer felt like this would be far enough removed from Nolan’s films. Indeed, Affleck’s Batman is described as an older, more grizzled version of Bruce Wayne, so that provides Zimmer with a unique opportunity to delve into another aspect of the character. Moreover, it should be fascinating to hear what he comes up with for Jesse Eisenberg’s villainous Lex Luthor.
Zimmer is currently working on his next score for Christopher Nolan, penning the music for the filmmaker’s upcoming sci-fi film Interstellar. More imminently, though, we’ll be able to hear Zimmer’s score for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 when the superhero sequel opens in theaters on May 2nd.