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After Batman v Superman, Hans Zimmer No Longer Plans to Compose Superhero Music


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The next time someone tries to convince Hans Zimmer to write music for a superhero movie, the composer plans to pass up the opportunity. After his collaboration with Junkie XL for Batman v Superman—which resulted in some pretty fantastic music, such as this stunning Wonder Woman theme—Zimmer has decided he’d rather compose music for movies that aren’t about superheroes.

After having composed the scores for Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Man of Steel, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and then Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, it makes sense the Zimmer feels a bit burned out creatively.

On the other hand, the man’s full list of projects is so lengthy and varied that it’s hard to discern any particular theme. Sure, he’s composed for six superhero films in the past decade. But in that same time-span, he’s also had the opportunity to compose for rom-coms, animated movies, action movies, dramas — even a couple of big-budget video games. It really doesn’t seem like he’s at a loss for ideas!

Zimmer’s explanation to the BBC might make his plight sound more sympathetic:

I did Batman Begins with Chris [Nolan] 12 years ago, so The Dark Knight Trilogy might be three movies to you, to me it was 11 years of my life. This one was very hard for me to do, to try to find new language.

How many times can one man come up with a Batman theme? It sounds more like Zimmer is done with Batman than with superheroes, based on that description, but I can understand why he says he wants to retire from the entire concept. Even though he had a lot of opportunities to take breaks from Batman throughout that decade, it still made up a pretty big chunk of his career during that time.

Even if you haven’t seen BvS (and one could hardly blame you if you haven’t), you can still listen to the entire soundtrack on YouTube. How do you think it stacks up compared to The Dark Knight score?

(via The Verge, image via Flickr)

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