Hans Zimmer Talks MAN OF STEEL Sequel and His Thoughts on Ben Affleck as Batman

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With Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy and this summer’s Man of Steel, composer Hans Zimmer has now had the chance to write music for arguably the two most popular comics characters in the world: Batman and Superman.  Now that Zack Snyder has decided to bring a new Batman into the fold for the Man of Steel follow-up, Zimmer is faced with the decision of whether to revisit the Dark Knight or step aside and let someone else tackle the character.

Steve recently visited Zimmer in his studio and during the course of their extended conversation, the composer talked about whether he would be willing to return to score the Man of Steel follow-up and how his work with Nolan affects his decision.  Zimmer also chimed in with his thoughts on the casting of Ben Affleck as Batman in Snyder’s film.  Hit the jump for much more.

christian-bale-the-dark-knight-rises-imageSpeaking with Steve, Zimmer said that he hasn’t made a final decision on whether to score Batman vs. Superman just yet:

“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.”

That being said, Zimmer did say that he enjoys working with Snyder:

“Of course I can see myself doing it, first of all because I love working with Zack.  I think you can tell from that score we had a lot of fun, and I think it was inventive.  Once I got over the whole ‘Oh my God I’m not as good as John Williams’ thing which, I’m different!  And it’s different times.”

Man-of-Steel-Henry-Cavill-2-sequelSpeaking of which, Zimmer addressed some of the criticisms of his Man of Steel score saying that it lacked the fanfare of Williams’ work:

“I am sensitive to criticisms, as is everybody else.  Somebody saying, ‘Oh well it wasn’t like the John Williams thing because it didn’t start off as the big fanfare.’  Our movie starts differently!  There’s no room for fanfare, you can’t have a fanfare with the way we reveal this planet and reveal the birth of this child.”

With regards to Ben Affleck playing the new Batman, Zimmer is optimistic:

“He’ll be a really good Batman.  It’s really quite simple, the man isn’t a fool and he’s not gonna set himself up for a fall.  He’s a great filmmaker in his own right, he really is… I think he’s become a much more astute actor and I think he’ll make a great Batman, I think he knows exactly what he’s doing.  So do I think it’s a good idea?  Yes, I think it’s a good idea.  I think he’s great casting.”

heath-ledger-the-dark-knightThe composer was surprised at the level of vitriol thrown Affleck’s way when the actor was first announced as the new Batman, but it reminded him of the response to Heath Ledger playing The Joker in The Dark Knight:

“I think [the response to Affleck’s casting] was incredibly vicious.  I think the way he got attacked was unbelievable.  But you know something, when Chris cast Heath Ledger as The Joker maybe we weren’t quite as big yet and maybe it wasn’t quite as visible, but there was a lot of that going on as well, that it was a complete miscasting and ‘only Jack Nicholson can play The Joker.’”

Watch the portion of Steve’s interview with Zimmer below, which also includes the composer’s thoughts on the importance of privacy in filmmaking.  Look for more from the full interview in the coming days.

If you missed Zimmer discussing his work in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, click here.

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  • http://moviefy.net/ Yahzee

    … Man of Steel has a great score with excellent cues but no, it’s not inventive. Hans hasn’t been inventive since Sherlock Holmes and he keeps doing the same kind of music for every Chris Nolan film and translated that to Man of Steel. I love most of his work and I listen to it a lot, but I wish he tried a bit harder

    • OhDawg

      There is one cue that I really love, I’ve been listening to the soundtrack on youtube… Checking… It’s called “Launch”. That one I liked, otherwise I agree with you.

    • Nicholas

      Are you deaf, boy? Or you just simply have bad taste in music, it’s one or the other. Of course the Man of Steel ost was inventive. Tell me which other soundtrack sounds similar at all to MoS?

      • http://moviefy.net/ Yahzee

        … what was inventive about Man of Steel? the pulsating drum and bass all over the place? slow atmospherical background sounds? underplayed orchestra and over reliance in loop sounds? and as I said, nearly everything from Batman Begins to The Lone Ranger sounds so similar (with the exception of the James Newton Howard cues for Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, Sherlock Holmes and Rango) it’s really interchangeable. I’m not saying I don’t like Hans music, in fact I love it, but I am saying he is no longer inventive. I wish he would go out and something like Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End again, or The Da Vinci Code, or Angels & Demons or Rango, which are the very few of his “recent” scores that have a distinctly style.

      • justkiddingnobutseriously

        I wish more soundtracks were loopy. I listen to his Inception, TDKR and MoS scores all the time, literally everywhere. IMO they conjure up strong emotions and I think he has a great feel for what music goes with what’s on the screen. Not only that, but it sounds great just by itself.

        I’m not a big fan of scores with tracks that seem to have huge gaps of just…NOTHING… or it’s just a load of ambient noise. I understand there are different ways to score music, but I’d rather pay money to listen to music not static or artsy, noiseless, extended whimpers.

      • justkiddingnobutseriously

        I wish more soundtracks were loopy. I listen to his Inception, TDKR and MoS scores all the time, literally everywhere. IMO they conjure up strong emotions and I think he has a great feel for what music goes with what’s on the screen. Not only that, but it sounds great just by itself.

        I’m not a big fan of scores with tracks that seem to have huge gaps of just…NOTHING… or it’s just a load of ambient noise. I understand there are different ways to score music, but I’d rather pay money to listen to music not static or artsy, noiseless, extended whimpers.

      • ZAR

        Start with an insult, fanboy, and you’re taken seriously all the way…

    • ZAR

      Hans Zimmer has NEVER been inventive.

      But he knows about numbers and business and, unfortunately, that’s the only language those morons in the expensive suits actually understand.

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

    I loved his work on MOS as it was a great way to start from new and move away from the iconic John William’s score. Really hoping he continues it with the sequal. Would be really excited to hear what he would bring as the new score to Batman as he does not want to repeat what he did earlier w Nolan’s trilogy. If he passes I say they go for someone like Clint Mansel or John Murphy as I think both would be a nice change for the genre as opposed to Tyler Bates who I’m not too big on.

    • Murdoch

      Clint Mansel’s work on Requiem for a Dream is still the best music for a motion picture i’ve ever heard in my life!

  • ssk

    Damn!! Nothing on Interstellar. Was hoping if Zimmer would drop hints on his experiments with that one since Nolan begins working with Zimmer on their scores early on.

  • Oscar Triana

    It would be nice to have two main composers for the film… each one handling one hero, bouncing ideas and blending/mixing musical styles? After three movies I can´t imagine how difficult would it be to try to told something new about the same character without a radical reinvention. Zimmer has worked previously with other composers so I guess it could work.

    • yep

      THIS.

    • thinker365

      If the inspiration for this next movie is really coming from The Dark Knight Returns, they should consult Christopher Drake for that Batman part. His score for the animated feature of TDKR was amazing.

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

    Great score ? I dunno… if someone can hum just a small piece of a theme or motif from MOS I am willing to give him a hug…

    • Diego Fernando Salazar Proaño

      I can hum most the main theme… you can spare the hug though :)

    • Strong Enough

      i listen that soundtrack all the time. especially arcade

      • thinker365

        Arcade, and What are you going to do when you’re not saving the world. Awesome songs.

  • ZAR

    Zimmer had to ask his “co-composers” first for their opinions before he could state his own…

  • thinker365

    Man, I love what Zimmer and Frosty said about wanting to be surprised, but this website spoils shit from movies ALL THE TIME, like it’s their job. Pictures from on set filming, leaked plot points etc… It’s pretty much the backbone of this website…

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