With the momentum from the incredible success of Christopher Nolan's first two "Batman" films, "Batman Begins" and "The Dark Knight," the mounting pressure and fan demand for details on the forthcoming "The Dark Knight Rises" seems to increase every day. One need only glance at MTV News' recent compilation of "Rises" rumors to see how creative people can be, as well as how thirsty fans are for answers.

It's just difficult to get them — even when we find ourselves face-to-face with credible sources — but any news is good news, even in the form of a "yes," "no" or "maybe." Case in point: Oscar-winning film composer Hans Zimmer, who composed the "Batman Begins" and "Dark Knight" scores and will finish up Nolan's trilogy by composing the score for "The Dark Knight Rises."

When we caught up with Zimmer on the Critics' Choice Movie Awards red carpet, we tried our darndest to get some "Rises" music scoop by tossing him a softball question: Has Nolan already involved Zimmer in the plans for the film?

"Yes," Zimmer said with a smile. "And that's all I'm going to say."

So he knows the arc of the story and the villains, etc.?

"Possibly," he said. "I'm thinking, I'm working, and I can't tell you anything more."

We pushed just a bit, asking whether his new score will incorporate themes from the first two "Batman" films and whether he's thought about how to tie everything together.

"Sure, but the thing about Chris and myself is, of course what we try to do is we treat each one with the autonomy it deserves," he explained. "I try to invent and reinvent and not just go over old ground. I think that's the thing that was so exciting for people on 'The Dark Knight.' They knew we were doing a 'Batman' movie, but they had no idea it was going to be that sort of a 'Batman' movie."

So is Zimmer already hard at work on the new themes for the score, even though nothing has been filmed yet? "Could be," he teased. "Of course. Chris likes working that way, that I can give him music before he starts cutting. It's very different."

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