Hans Zimmer to Score BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN

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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.

hans-zimmer-to-score-batman-vs-supermanWhile 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.

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  • http://www.collider.com/ DNAsplitter

    I’m mixed on how I feel. Yes, he’s an amazing composer who did a great job w MOS score following up in John Williams footsteps w something new and inventive. However, I would like to hear another composer’s score to a film of this scope as Hans just finished w TASM2 and has a long list of Superhero films (Dark Knight Trilogy, MOS, TASM2 and now this). I would love to hear what Mark Isham, John Murphy, Trent Reznor/Atticus or Howard Shore could bring to the genre. My reason for this thinking is because of Henry Jackman who came out of no where and gave us two amazing scores w X:Men First Class and CA:WS. Still it’s great that the film is still able to attact high caliber talent at this point in the game as a lot of people are writing this film off given Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot and Jesse Eisenberg’s casting.

    • Diego Fernando Salazar Proaño

      I think it’s just like Jerry Goldsmith and John Williams back in the day… I mean, those guys were called for everything! (not necessarily a bad thing though) I love Hans’ music, he’s always reinventing his approach, especially the last few years where he has produced some of his finest work in his whole career. Him being called for a project depends a lot in his relationship with the director or what the director thought the project needs. That being said, Mark Isham composed the first Blade film (quite atmospheric that thing but still cool), John Murphy and Trent/Atticus both look better suited to more “urban” superheroes (maybe for Daredevil, Luke Cage, Iron Fist and Jessica Jones) because their style is not quite “bombastic” like you would expect from Supes, Bats or Spidey. Still they are interesting prospects. But the one I would die to hear from is Howard Shore. Dude, everytime Evangeline Lily appeared in The Hobbit and that little theme appeared… best part of the movie!

      • http://www.collider.com/ DNAsplitter

        That’s exactly how I feel. It would just be refreshing to hear someone else’s take on Batman after Elfman and Zimmer’s iconic scores. I would love to hear what Clint Mansel or John Murphy could do with a big budget film. Sunshine & 28 Days Laters scores are both amazing and used frequently in other films/trailers/commercials. But Howard Shore could easily give us something memorable and different as he did w the LOTR and Hobbit films. But I’m sure Zimmer will give us something great for his 2nd version of Batman.

      • Diego Fernando Salazar Proaño

        Well Clint Mansell did an interesting but unconventional job in Noah that I liked pretty much… maybe suited to something like Doctor Strange. This year I found out a relatively unknown composer that I think deserves a big break: Tuomas Kantelinen. He composed a great score for Renny Harlin’s Hercules I suggest you to listen to it.

      • http://www.collider.com/ DNAsplitter

        Thanks I’ll give him a try. Another relatively unknown composer who was one of Zimmer’s protoges is Junkie XL who did a phenominal job w the 300:Rise of An Empire score. Listen to End Credits. I know he’s been behind a lot of other film scores but this was his first solo act and I thought he nailed it.

      • Diego Fernando Salazar Proaño

        Hell yeah, don’t know how I could forget him! I agree with you that score is awesome! This few months I heard a couple of “unknowns” and I also have to call to Christopher Drake who composed Arkham Origins… listen to Main Titles and/or Assassins. Or Roque Baños’ Evil Dead. Also, this kid Lucas Vidal seems to have an interesting future judging by his “unpublished” Fast 6 score but sadly I just listened to it watching the film. Let’s hope that some of these and other composers get their chance to blockbuster movies in the future just for variety’s sake.

      • mic1

        Oh and remember also guys that a lot of these composers coming from Zimmer’s circle and some of the others are turning to do video game scores as well. One of my favorite video game scores of all time was Henry Gregson-Williams score (assisted by Hans Zimmer) for Metal Gear Solid: Sons of Liberty.

    • Pk

      Alexandre desplat would be good choice especially for a solo batman film. They can go for Howard shore to score a bigger movie like justice league

      • Diego Fernando Salazar Proaño

        Before Harry Potter I wouldn’t have give that idea much thought but now I think it could be great, especially if Affleck directs them given the fact they did wonders in Argo

    • mic1

      I get what you and Diego are saying, and I do agree somewhat but you just have to also remember that Zimmer is not only the most prolific composer of our time but the most influential as well. I don’t know if you know this (not trying to be condescending but I figure since we all follow the film score business you might) but Zimmer for years (since before The Lion King) has had his own experimental soundlab in California where he’s influenced a numerous amount of today’s big composers. So even if something is given to someone else, it still can have his particular feel to it. Remember this, the first two Dark Knight films in Nolan’s trilogy were more influenced by John Howard’s input (a Zimmer pupil) which is why The Dark Knight’s music was so subtle and Rises was bombastic. Remember also that TASM2 is actually a collaboration between he and Pharrell Williams who has done the Despicable Me soundtracks. And I like how you mention Henry Jackman because guess what? Yep, check his credits/IMDb page and you’ll see Zimmer’s name pop up and The Dark Knight as well. I think what it is more so is that Zimmer does a good job at preparing others to take over in the Film scoring industry. But true, I would like to see more of his favored composers come to light and do more stuff like this.

  • Joseph M

    I wish Jerry Goldsmith was still alive. I’m bored with chords and big drums.

    • Diego Fernando Salazar Proaño

      I wonder what did Jerry Goldsmith used instead of chords and big drums, especially when he said that the first thing he looked for was a nice chord section.

      • Joseph M

        Yes, to which he would then add a memorable melody.

      • Diego Fernando Salazar Proaño

        You haven’t heard much of Hans Zimmer either do you? He has some memorable melodies out there.

      • Joseph M

        Oh, I like Zimmer, Diego. He’s a master of atmospherics, but he rarely nails melody.

      • Diego Fernando Salazar Proaño

        Rarely? In Pirates he has at least four recognisable themes in the first three movies alone. Then you have King Arthur, Backdraft, Pearl Harbor, Gladiator, Sherlock Holmes, Crimson Tide, The Last Samurai, Hannibal (his most melodic score), The DaVinci Code, Inception, Rango, The Lone Ranger, Rush and a lot of his early movies. Yes, he is a master of atmospherics (Black Rain) but he also crafts some great melodies. His scores fit the movies they are made for like a glove in a way that you can’t ask how another composer could have done it. Thing that happens with Alan Silvestri (even when I like his scores). I kept wondering the whole Avengers disc what could have been if, say, Brian Tyler scored it (which I hope he scores Avengers 2).
        PS: Sorry for the list but I needed to remind you that Zimmer is not only atmospherics. Don’t want to sound pedantic.
        PPS: How could I forgot The Lion King? The guy won an Oscar for that one, lol

      • milo

        Pirates was a long time ago. It’s not that he doesn’t do melodies, it’s that he has been doing less and less of them, and less memorable ones, as the years have gone on. Not just atmospherics but he has been relying on them more and more all the time.

        And I would say big drums and string ostinatos.

        AACCAACCAACCAACC (repeat 64 times…)

      • Diego Fernando Salazar Proaño

        Well, I think we can agree to disagree on that one. But, in the meantime, I have to say that I agree that I too wish Jerry Goldsmith was still alive. Have you listened to Brian Tyler?

      • http://www.collider.com/ DNAsplitter

        Brian Tyler’s good but I preferred Ramin Djwadi’s score from the 1st Iron Man film. But yes I heard he’s locked in to score the Avengers 2 which should be better to what Silvestri gave us (who I like but feel like his prime is past him).

      • Pk

        Djawadi is scoring avengers 2? Hmmm not a bad choice but I was hoping Henry Jackman get hired to score given how awesome his score for winter soldier was

      • http://www.collider.com/ DNAsplitter

        No I wrote that incorrectly. Brian Tyler is composing the score to the Avengers 2. Sorry for my poor grammar.

      • Diego Fernando Salazar Proaño

        Yeah, I’m kinda torn between those scores… two completely different approaches and both good on their own right. But if he’s (Tyler) scoring Avengers 2 you have just made my day because I agree with you regarding Silvestri who is approaching the dangerous James Horner territory.

      • milo

        I’ve heard his stuff in the last couple marvel flicks as well as a few other things and haven’t got that excited about it. I have yet to listen to any of the soundtracks on their own. Honestly the most I’ve heard of his stuff is on Hawaii-5 0, and I tend to get annoyed with how formulaic it can get although to be fair he probably doesn’t do much of it himself. Personally I preferred Silvestri and Doyle’s work on the earlier marvel films.

      • Diego Fernando Salazar Proaño

        I strongly recommend you to listen the isolated soundtracks of his Marvel movies as well as Children of Dune, Timeline, Transformers Prime, Terra Nova, Modern Warfare 3 and Assassins Creed IV. I’m not familiar with Hawaii 5-0 but in TV composers don’t have much time to fully develop an astounding score so I won’t judge him based on that. He’s a talent to keep an eye on.

      • The Dude Abides

        Do you realize that most of the memorable lines from Pirates were not done by Zimmer?

      • Diego Fernando Salazar Proaño

        For example?

      • milo

        Well we know that one of the most memorable is by Zimmer…because it was lifted from Gladiator.

        But yeah, it is hard to know who did what on movies with multiple composers sharing the main credit. I wish the soundtracks would credit specific composers to the individual tracks. In the case of Pirates, the way Hans tells it, Klaus had the gig but was having trouble getting it all done so Hans jumped in and did most of it but let Klaus keep the credit. But unless someone breaks it down track by track, who knows who did what?

    • http://tarek-to-verso.over-blog.com/ tarek

      Hear ya. It is soooo booooring.
      Jerry was a genius. so is John williams.
      Hans ? same repetitive thing.

  • DEADP00L

    Man of Steel score, what a migraine inducer that sounded like bees buzzing in your head. Not to mention how it overwhelmed and drowned the entire movie.

  • Dave

    Actually Zimmer tells the Digital Spy he doesn’t know in further comments. Piss poor reporting Collider.

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  • milo

    Kind of a weird situation. With a new Batman it would be nice to have a new composer to get a fresh take on the score. But since he did MOS it makes sense for him to come back for the sequel.

    I agree with the comment about Jackman’s work on Winter Soldier, I was way more impressed with that than any of Zimmer’s recent scores. I hope he gets a lot more work, particularly more superhero projects. Ottman for DOFP? Not surprised, but kind of meh.

    • Diego Fernando Salazar Proaño

      I think Ottman is an underrated composer: X2 and Fantastic Four are pretty good and his Main Theme for Jack the Giant Slayer is great.

      PS: What happened to John Powell? He was great in How to Train your Dragon and X3.

      • milo

        Totally agree about Powell, he seems to be doing almost all animated work these days which is fine but I’d love to see more live action. I had heard he was going to take time off to spend more time with his kid, looking at imdb he didn’t do any films in 2013 but has the rio and dragon sequels this year.

        He’s definitely a guy who could do killer superhero scores, so far he has only done Hancock and X3, both of which were probably overlooked because the movies themselves were disappointing. I was really hoping he would get the MOS gig, Zimmer did well but I think Powell would have taken it to the next level, honestly I think he’s one of the best composers working these days.

        I’m also a big Giacchino fan, now there’s a guy who I’d like to hear do a big superhero movie. Kind of surprising he hasn’t done one yet other than Incredibles, which is one of my all time favorite scores. He definitely has some interesting ones coming up including Apes, Jupiter Ascending, and Tomorrowland.

        I’d also love to see James Newton Howard score a superhero movie on his own, something he hasn’t really done (I don’t really count Unbreakable).

      • http://www.collider.com/ DNAsplitter

        James Newton Howard scored Green Lantern. But again that is another product of poor film that a composer’s work wouldn’t rank high no matter how great the score is.

      • Diego Fernando Salazar Proaño

        I was going to say the same thing but Green Lantern’s score isn’t that great either, except for a couple of cues (“We’re going to fly now” and “Hal battles Parallax” come to my mind)… It was really a missed oportunity IMO

      • milo

        I missed Green Lantern (haven’t seen it and skipped over it in his IMDB list) and intentionally didn’t mention Green Hornet. Shame neither the GL movie nor score amounted to much.

      • http://tarek-to-verso.over-blog.com/ tarek

        John Powell, John Ottman and Graeme Revell are very talented composers with very memorable melodies.
        which is not the case of Hans Zimmer. ( except when he composes in collaboration)

  • Fahad Ali

    Slightly divisive?

  • Nemesis11

    Finally some great news out of BvS. Huge fan of his work from the trilogy and Man of steel. Can not wait to see how he approaches this.

  • Drake

    Wouldn’t it be refreshing for, oh I don’t know, Christopher Young to do something like this? I have nothing against Hans and his score to MOS (and I’m looking forward to hearing how his TASM 2 works in film), but he’s done Batman already. Although, if the options are Tyler Bates or Hans Zimmer, I’m going with Zimmer 9 times out of 10. Maybe the only time I go with Bates is for Guardians of the Galaxy … kinda looking forward to hearing what he does for that!

    • Diego Fernando Salazar Proaño

      Christopher Young did SM3 and was, for me, the best part of the movie (his Birth of Sandman is a delicious piece of music) just like his score for Priest. I strongly recommend you to listen to Tuomas Kantelinen’s Hercules though (classic example of crappy movie, excelent score).

  • Royale With Cheese

    I thought he had already signed on a long time ago…

  • Cpt Rex Kramer

    This is disappointing news, but not unexpected. MOS was excessively repetitive. And the new Spiderman score is just downright horrible. Zimmer use to be pretty good, but he’s become quite boring as of late. I agree with Joseph M; Jerry Goldsmith is SORELY missed.

  • Person

    I love Man of Steel, but oddly enough, one of the few things I didn’t find all that great was Zimmer’s score. Aside from the central Superman theme (which is beautiful), the rest of it is just blaring brass and oppressive percussion. After Inception, he’s basically been doing the same thing over and over again.

    Curious to see what he does with Interstellar, since he talked about having to re-invent himself; hopefully some of that re-invention finds it way into BvS.

  • pkh

    great news, im so happy for it

  • Clark Kent

    I really enjoyed the Man of Steel soundtrack, so I’m glad Hans is back for BvS.

  • Colin Christian

    Cliff Martinez,I would love to hear his take,John Powell too.

  • Strong Enough

    we are not worthy are such amazing sounds that come fro Hans zimmer’s mind

    but Christopher Drake would be awesome.

  • yawn

    why is this news???? and why does hans (who i do like) have to score EVERYTHING these days….and enough with the fucking “BRRRMMMM” noise he made for inception in every mother fucking movie trailer

  • http://tarek-to-verso.over-blog.com/ tarek

    I know what will look like this score: Duh duh duh duhduh duuuh duh.
    repeat it as often as possible and you have the score.

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