By Charles Webb
Does he even want to come back? That’s the position the “Man of Steel” and “The Dark Knight” trilogy Hans Zimmer finds himself in according to a piece on Vulture. With the first round of shooting for “Superman vs. Batman” kicking off over the weekend in Los Angeles, Zimmer says he hasn’t yet been invited back yet to score the film by director Zack Snyder–and even if he was, he’s not sure he’d return.
Quite seriously, the thought right now is that no, I don’t want to go and take what I did with Chris and just plonk it into another movie. There isn’t one good reason to do it, and there are so many good reasons not to do it.
Zimmer goes on to say that he enjoyed working with Snyder on “Man of Steel,” but he also appreciated the finality of the “Dark Knight” trilogy and putting a cap on composing for Batman with the third installment. He alludes to working on the fourth “Pirates of the Caribbean” film as an experience he “did not enjoy,” likely after having spent well over a decade finding new ways to use the themes from the first film for Jack Sparrow and company’s adventures.
While Zimmer hasn’t closed the door on “Superman vs. Batman” (“Zack hasn’t talked to me about it, so I don’t have to worry about it! I’ll worry about it when I have to worry about it, and then, if I’m lucky, I’ll have an idea”), but it open up the opportunity for Snyder to bring in someone new to create the soundscape for the next installment of the franchise.
Zimmer’s swooping, percussion-heavy scores for the “Dark Knight” films as well as his iconic “Inception” boooooong sound have slowly infiltrated the scores for the the last few years of blockbusters. It’s interesting that he’s attempting to step away from that (or at least from the next, big franchise).
“Man of Steel” was the first time Snyder worked with someone besides longtime collaborator Tyler Bates on one of his film’s scores (David Hirschfelder scored “Legend of the Guardians” for him, but that whole film was an outlier). Would Warner Brothers bring Bates on board if Zimmer was otherwise unavailable? What about Danny Elfman, who composed the music for “Batman” ’89? He might be done with the franchise, but it’s hard to ignore the appeal of seeing him find a hook for Superman while revisiting one of his most iconic film scores.
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