Listen to 14 Minutes of Hans Zimmer’s Score For THE DARK KNIGHT RISES

     July 4, 2012


Still need to hype up even more for the upcoming release of Christopher Nolan‘s The Dark Knight Rises?  Fourteen minutes of samples from Hans Zimmer‘s score for the film are now online in one continuous clip (with track notes), though we previously heard samples of the score early last month. The preview comes on the heels of Warner Bros finally releasing an official plot synopsis that confirms that the events of the new film will take place eight years after the last installment.  Hit the jump for more on the plot as well as the score.

the-dark-knight-rises-soundtrack-artworkThere are plenty of predictions about which part of the score may match which part of the action, but I’ll leave that up to the fandom to decide.  We only have three weeks before it’s all revealed anyway, but who doesn’t like to daydream?  If you need a reminder about the plot, here’s the official synopsis per Warner Bros:

It has been eight years since Batman vanished into the night, turning, in that instant, from hero to fugitive. Assuming the blame for the death of D.A. Harvey Dent, the Dark Knight sacrificed everything for what he and Commissioner Gordon both hoped was the greater good.  For a time the lie worked, as criminal activity in Gotham City was crushed under the weight of the anti-crime Dent Act.

But everything will change with the arrival of a cunning cat burglar with a mysterious agenda. Far more dangerous, however, is the emergence of Bane, a masked terrorist whose ruthless plans for Gotham drive Bruce out of his self-imposed exile. But even if he dons the cape and cowl again, Batman may be no match for Bane.

The Dark Knight Rises, starring Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway, Tom Hardy, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Marion Cotillard, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Morgan Freeman, opens July 20th.

And catch up on all of Collider’s coverage of The Dark Knight Rises right here.

  • SP1234

    Born Into Darkness sounds like Rhas Al’Ghul! (The ice fight from Begins) I don’t know if it relates to Neeson or possibly Marion but we’ll wait and see.

  • Al Conyado

    Hear me out in Nolan’s Batman universe…Bane, is actually Ra’s Al Ghul’s son completing his father’s vision of “cleansing” Gotham. Note in the 2nd trailer how Bane exhibit’s Liam Neeson’s character traits especially when he says “I’m Gotham’s reckoning”. Make’s sense right?

    • Hunter

      Yeah, I was kind of thinking similar, but that Bane is actually Ras and that Ras survived the first one and that is what he turned in to so that he could survive. Who knows thought, I feel like we are so much more in the dark about what is going to happen than we think.

      • Wes

        I was thinking along similar lines, but I think, maybe, that he was one of the ninjas trained by Ra’s in Batman Begins. He was seriously injured when the temple was destroyed and spent nearly a decade recovering in order to continue his masters work.

      • Hunter

        Yeah I like that theory also

  • boo boo

    fear will find you will be the score people will remember after the movie. most probably will be placed where bane is taking over gotham. Good score.

  • Harry

    ‘Why Do We Fall’ will play when Bruce climbs out of that hole. It will be spectacular!

  • Dannyboy3030


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      • Dannyboy3030

        Nope. I’m excited about this movie but they keep giving us are scraps at the table. I’m ready for the full meal.

  • sense 11

    20 days to go

    • Gleepot

      Until what, July 24th?

  • JCRZ88

    The music does sound great, and you can hear a darker tone, a slightly more epic tone. Also a quiet character story that one would expect from this film.

    I’ve only had one reservation about Hans Zimmer for as long as I’ve been listening to him. Most of his soundtracks consist of 2-4 themes just remixed over and over again and repeated throughout the movie. Call me old school but I feel each scene should have its own musical sound.

    Yes themes are important but take INCEPTION for example, the opening scene, the hallway/car chase/ The Mountain Fortress/ and the final scene with Mal have the exact same song just ever so slightly remixed.

    I guess I’m saying I wish he spent more time writing and less time synthazizing everything

  • LEM

    What I don’t get is how do they say Batman is a criminal when everyone knows he was the one stopping the crime? If they tell the public he killed Dent wouldn’t the people of Gotham question that and not just cast him aside as a villain?

    • Alejandro

      From my understanding Batman and the denizens of Gotham City have always had a slightly contentious relationship. Though Batman didn’t/doesn’t go above and beyond to make himself seem like a venerable hero, with his personality it would not feel right if he tried anything like appealing to concerns over his public image. ( And pretty safe to say that the police of Gotham City are sort of fed up with him for his vigilante heroism. Like maybe they don’t want to condone that. Jealously not withstanding.)

    • Joe

      What would answer this once for all is Batman revealing his true identity to everyone in Gotham before sacrificing himself to kill Bane.

      He would effectively transition from being a masked vigilante to a legend – as Ra’s himself put it:

      Ra’s: But if you make yourself more than just a man, if you devote yourself to an ideal, and if they can’t stop you, then you become something else entirely.

      Bruce Wayne: Which is?

      Ra’s: A legend, Mr. Wayne.

      • Alex

        I have a feeling that might be exactly what will happen… or something very similar to that.

  • Samuel

    My anticipation and excitement for this movie cannot be put into words that would do justice to the feeling itself. I was skeptical about this score at first, and then I heard the extended clips and now I think that the score will be great! The Fire Rises!

  • t

    This movie needs to come out already.

  • paul paul

    this type of over hyping a film drastically reduces the reasons people find a reason to recommend their film experience to the others. If the HULK was not shown rescuing Iron Man at the bloody CLIMAX of the movie in the trailer and other moments on other films, many in the theater would have shared something and then recommended others share the same thing. it’s just unfortunate.

    ~ p

    • Miles Bennett Dyson

      you don’t like it when they show 25 minutes of The Amazing Spiderman and ruin the entire experience of even seeing that movie cause you’ve literally watched 25 frickin’ minutes of it?

      • paul tracy


        I now go to movies to finish the trailers.

        ~ p





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  • gerard kennelly

    track 3
    Gothams Reckoning

    will play during the first 6 minutes of the film

    trust me



  • Fist-O-Pain

    I know the ending. JGL pretends to be Batman and dies so Bruce can continue. Tale of Two cities anyone!?

    • Joe

      Very plausible. I think someone heroic will die at the end and its likely to be a Batman – either Bruce or as you say JGL.

      I can’t wait.

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  • Mike

    I heard this movie is gonna be 2 hours and 45 minutes long. A mistake in my book. Good luck to all concerned.

    All good directors eventually have their Waterloo: Hitchcock had TORN CURTAIN; Spielberg had 1941; Altman had POPEYE; Kubrick had THE SHINING: Coppolla had APOCALYPSE NOW. Getting a slight feeling this one will be Nolan’s.

  • Joe

    ‘Nothing Out there’ has the same tune as Scarface xD

  • Jahanzeb

    Awesome job by Zimmer. This one sounds darker than BB and TDK. My favorites are Gotham’s recoking, Underground army, The fire rises and Fear will find you. Looking forward to listening to the full score. Still 12 days to go. Damn why does time pass so slowly.

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