Hans Zimmer to Provide Score for SUPERMAN: THE MAN OF STEEL; Film Now Completely in Zack Snyder’s Hands

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We have two brief pieces of Superman: The Man of Steel news for you today.  First up, composer Hans Zimmer will provide a brand-new score for the upcoming reboot.  Speaking to with NBC San Diego’s Scott Huver [via AICN], Zimmer said:

“It’s a hard one, but I followed one of the most iconic things on Batman with Chris as well, and it’s the same thing. You are allowed to reinvent, but you have to try to be as good or at least as iconic and it has to resonate and it has to become a part of the zeitgeist. That’s the job. On Gladiator I remember people always talking about Spartacus and I kept telling them, ‘When you saw Spartacus and how it affected it you, that’s how I want a modern audience to be affected by what we do now.’ So I think ultimately you’re supposed to reinvent.”

I think Zimmer turned in one of the best scores of the year with Inception and I’m fascinated to hear what he’ll do with Superman.  Hit the jump for more on the upcoming reboot.

In a recent interview with Hitfix, producer Emma Thomas says that Superman is now in Zack Snyder’s hands as she and producer Christopher Nolan are now getting into The Dark Knight Rises.  According to Hitfix, “Thomas reiterated that they brought it to an appropriate screenplay and it’s now Snyder’s picture.”  The film is currently set for a holiday 2012 release.  The Dark Knight Rises is set to open on July 20, 2012.

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  • Ryan

    If Zimmer doesn’t use the original John Williams theme as they were at least smart enough to do in Superman Returns I’m going to be PISSED

    • sense11

      Then get ready to be pissed because they are not using anything from the old movies. NOTHING and that’s a good thing.

      • Micky

        Whats so good about that? John Williams is the greatest movie soundtrack composer of all time! You really think a few dull notes from zimmer will top that and make us feel like were watching a Superman movie? TDK was ok and suited the films style, but it coulda been hummed by Peter Griffin it was so basic.

        I woulda preferred Williams to have at least returned to do a reboot himself, that way it would have at least been uplifting and powerful. Superman should have the gravitas and powers of a god! And the music should accompany that awe.

        Think back the the reeves films, when shits been goin down, Clark rips his shirt open revealing the logo, the score plays and that moment made the hairs on our necks stand on end. THATS Superman! And John Williams made that happen.

      • sense11

        All great points except for TDK comment but its a reboot. They have to create something new.

      • Micky

        Whats so good about that? John Williams is the greatest movie soundtrack composer of all time! You really think a few dull notes from zimmer will top that and make us feel like were watching a Superman movie? TDK was ok and suited the films style, but it coulda been hummed by Peter Griffin it was so basic.

        I woulda preferred Williams to have at least returned to do a reboot himself, that way it would have at least been uplifting and powerful. Superman should have the gravitas and powers of a god! And the music should accompany that awe.

        Think back the the reeves films, when shits been goin down, Clark rips his shirt open revealing the logo, the score plays and that moment made the hairs on our necks stand on end. THATS Superman! And John Williams made that happen.

  • Mathias

    Zimmer wasn’t scared to ditch Danny Elfman’s iconic Batman theme so i wouldn’t be surprised if we don’t hear John William’s score in this film. Besides, the point of this article is their desire to re-invent Superman and you can’t really do that if you’re tethered to the past by the score.

    • Ryan

      I don’t think so. I honestly can’t remember Elfman’s theme to Batman. Never really liked the first four films so that could be why. Superman though was great. I love that theme. Plus I don’t remember jack you know what music wise in Batman. I want a big heroic theme that sticks in my head as I leave the theater. neither Nolan Batman had that. Star Trek did. The first few Potters etc… Thats what I want from Superman and I don’t see how using that same piece of music and creating the rest from scratch should be such a problem. of course this is the guy who sort of copied his own Pirates score in Sherlock Holmes so…

      • Christophercantos

        have you heard Zimmer’s score for Sherlock in the scene where Rachel McAdams was to be mugged. that was playful, electric-made and really really special.

        and come on. you really don’t remember Elfman’s score? it was even used i think in Batman the Animated series. “daaaahhh.. dan-dan-dan dantdantdant dahhhhh..” really? doesn’t it ring any bells?

        and really? the Joker score(although i’ll understand if nobody is humming that, because, it’s a score you should be afraid off). or the Dark Knight theme that is heard in the credits(only used twice for the film because of creative reasons). really?

        personally, I LOVE THIS CHOICE BY THE FILM-MAKERS. the only problem left is Goyer’s screenplay. the much talked about “Nolan’s storytelling + Snyder’s Visuals” doesn’t impress me for the reason that NOLAN IS JUST A CO-STORY COLLABORATOR! he hasn’t done the screenplay, and his brother hasn’t touch it too. it’s just Goyer’s words! Goyer the guy who made INVISIBLE and BLADE TRINITY. a guy i can never trust. and the fact that people said that NOLAN would supervise what SNYDER is doing. HELLO! the man is busy with his own film!

        one can only hope that the screenplay that Emma Thomas and Nolan brought to the Snyder’s(Zack and Deborah) will give us the re-boot that we are waiting for.

      • Christophercantos

        have you heard Zimmer’s score for Sherlock in the scene where Rachel McAdams was to be mugged. that was playful, electric-made and really really special.

        and come on. you really don’t remember Elfman’s score? it was even used i think in Batman the Animated series. “daaaahhh.. dan-dan-dan dantdantdant dahhhhh..” really? doesn’t it ring any bells?

        and really? the Joker score(although i’ll understand if nobody is humming that, because, it’s a score you should be afraid off). or the Dark Knight theme that is heard in the credits(only used twice for the film because of creative reasons). really?

        personally, I LOVE THIS CHOICE BY THE FILM-MAKERS. the only problem left is Goyer’s screenplay. the much talked about “Nolan’s storytelling + Snyder’s Visuals” doesn’t impress me for the reason that NOLAN IS JUST A CO-STORY COLLABORATOR! he hasn’t done the screenplay, and his brother hasn’t touch it too. it’s just Goyer’s words! Goyer the guy who made INVISIBLE and BLADE TRINITY. a guy i can never trust. and the fact that people said that NOLAN would supervise what SNYDER is doing. HELLO! the man is busy with his own film!

        one can only hope that the screenplay that Emma Thomas and Nolan brought to the Snyder’s(Zack and Deborah) will give us the re-boot that we are waiting for.

      • Christophercantos

        *Snyders

      • Christophercantos

        *Snyders

    • Ryan

      I don’t think so. I honestly can’t remember Elfman’s theme to Batman. Never really liked the first four films so that could be why. Superman though was great. I love that theme. Plus I don’t remember jack you know what music wise in Batman. I want a big heroic theme that sticks in my head as I leave the theater. neither Nolan Batman had that. Star Trek did. The first few Potters etc… Thats what I want from Superman and I don’t see how using that same piece of music and creating the rest from scratch should be such a problem. of course this is the guy who sort of copied his own Pirates score in Sherlock Holmes so…

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  • http://thesilvermirror.wordpress.com Jim Treakle

    I’m not real thrilled about Zimmer for Superman. I would have preferred one of those young hotshots, like Bear McCreary. Just listen to his theme for ‘Human Target’.

    Anyway, as for the rest, click my name and visit The Silver Mirror, where I dish out my thoughts on Snyder’s potential to save or sink Superman.

  • Bob

    2012 has batman, supeman, and the avengers. ’11 has Green Lantern, Thor, and Captain America. It is a good time to be into comics!

    • Kenny38606

      It is a good time to be into to comics, and there are some other films you didn’t mention.

      2011
      Green Lantern
      Captain America
      Thor
      X-Men:First Class
      Priest
      Cowboys & Aliens
      The Adventures of Tintin

      2012
      Avengers
      Batman
      Superman
      Spider-Man
      Wolverine
      Ghost Rider
      Men In Black

  • Limbooda II

    That info about Zimmer scoring Superman is rather old… Though exciting none-the-less!

  • sense11

    Fantastic news, Zimmer is a brilliant man.

  • Clark Kunt

    I’m worried that without Williams driving the orchestra, this new Superman flick will end up with a theme as dull as EVERY Superman cartoon/TV adaptation/animated movies or series. All flat tuneless unninspired wrecks.

    Batman Animated series even used Elfmans theme from the films, and that animated series felt like Batman.

    Same crew made Superman animated series, and didnt use Williams score, that series didnt feel like genuine Superman.

  • Alex

    A solid if unadventurous choice. He basically said he’d reinvent Williams music for Superman, which is one of the best things in Donner’s film.

    No doubt Yates will be offering song here and there, he did solid work in ’300′.

  • Alex

    Just a heads up but this is old recycled news from a couple of months ago. Zimmer is not at all confirmed. Just a site trying to drum up some hits.

    I also think it’s unlikely Snyder would choose Zimmer, since he like much more unobtrusive directors. Not to mention Zimmer is working on ALOT of films next year and his signature is unmistakable. We’ll need something more original for Superman.

    ps
    I have no problem with Collider reporting news that it new was fake, cause at least it’s something to talk about and it’s not that ridiculous.

    • Alex

      I meant unobtrusive composers, like Tyler Bates.

  • http://senzafineonline.net/ Yahzee

    bad news really… I’m a Zimmer fan, but this is stupid… Zack Snyder always works with Tyler Bates (except in Legend of the Guardians) and so he should be allowed to hire him on Superman as well… plus Zimmer already has the Batman films under his sleeve, and Superman should get a different sound, by a different composer…

    For me it seems they only hired Snyder to give Superman the look, while all the other stuff is gonna be recycled from the Chris Nolan Batman films…

    • Alex

      I could tell the music wasn’t Tyler Bates, it was always too obvious. Especially when Nyra is introduced, that music made me squirm each time. I think that was intentional thought seeing as it was a kids film, David Hirschfelder is that type of really ‘OBVIOUS’ composer like Zimmer, he doesn’t know how to keep it subtle and in the background like Tyler Bates.

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