‘Batman vs. Superman’: Hans Zimmer On Whether He’ll Score the ‘Man of Steel’ Sequel

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Oscar-winning film composer Hans Zimmer’s drum-tastic score for Man of Steel ranks among his most impressive work in recent memory, but there’s been some doubt surrounding his potential return to provide the music for the Man of Steel sequel – not least of all, because the movie will include Batman, who’s a comic book character that Zimmer previously helped bring to life when he scored director Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy.

Zimmer, who is reuniting with Nolan on the space travel adventure Interstellar, has spoken in public about him being (until further notice) not officially committed to scoring Batman vs. Superman/Man of Steel 2. This is the first time that Zimmer has spoken openly in public about the project, since WB/DC dropped the (figurative) atomic bomb that was the announcement that Ben Affleck is playing the Caped Crusader in the film.

Nolan and the “Dark Knight” himself, actor Christian Bale, have always maintained that they are finished with the Batman character, ever since their superhero movie trilogy finale Dark Knight Rises was released in theaters. Zimmer admitted to Red Carpet News that he too finished work on Rises, with his mindset being that he would not be revisiting Gotham City in the future – and thus, isn’t certain about reprising as composer on Batman vs. Superman (much less, what his approach would be):

“This is really complicated for me. Because we all went, ‘Okay, we’re done with Batman,’ and now it’s sort of getting smuggled back in. I’ll have to have a think about that one. I might give you a new Batman if I do it.”

The task of creating “a new Batman” (read: different musical themes) in the Man of Steel sequel could present an interesting challenge for Zimmer. His score for the Dark Knight movies tends to fall more on the ambient and atmosphere side, with less emphasis on creating a definitive theme for the eponymous masked vigilante. Unlike Heath Ledger’s The Joker and Tom Hardy as Bane, Bale as Bruce Wayne is not associated so closely with a specific leitmotif (beyond the general theme for the Dark Knight trilogy).

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That arguably gives Zimmer more room to breathe, even while facing the intimidating job of constructing a theme that’s both unique to Batfleck and stands a healthy distance apart from those for his predecessor(s) in the cape and cowl. In fact, old-school Batman actors Michael Keaton and Adam West’s theme songs rank among the more iconic in pop culture history (to mention nothing of the superhero genre) – the question is, should Zimmer be the one to attempt and give Affleck his own memorable Bat-tune?

On a final note: Zimmer – like seemingly everyone else on the planet – was asked to offer his thoughts on the casting of Affleck:

“I actually think it’s a really good choice, because #1 he’s a great filmmaker. He’s smart. He wouldn’t have taken it if he had set himself up for a fall. And, you know, he’s a bit older these days and that’s what we need, and he’s got a good chin.”

Do you think Hans Zimmer should return to score the Man of Steel sequel? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section.


Batman vs. Superman/Superman vs. Batman/Man of Steel 2 opens in theaters on July 17th, 2015.

Source: Red Carpet News TV

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  1. I hope he doesn’t. His music for Batman was bad. His Superman music was mildly better. I would like to see Bear McCreary do it. His work is amazing. Or barring that I would be happy to see Murray Gold or David Arnold have a go at it.

    • I disagree with you completely. His Batman scores were awesome, truly beautiful and epic. The MOS was very good, although still not being one of his best works. I think he’ll do a great job again.

    • Wrong, The dark knight trilogy soundracks are beautiful, full of emotions and feelings exactly like Bruce Wayne’s(example “corynorhinus”).
      Man of steel soundtracks are awesome too of course because Hans Zimmer made them, and sometimes they are more tragic (example “if you love these people”). A kind of mix with The dark knight trilogy and man of steel will be perfect… Okay, that’s a hard job but we can trust Hans Zimmer.

  2. Next to John Williams and Michael Giacchino, Zimmer is one of the greatest composers of all time. His scores for Lion King, The Dark Knight, Thelma & Louise, Inception, and The Dark Knight Rises are nothing short of brilliant. Anything he touches becomes immediately especial.

  3. Absolutely. Go for it Mr. Zimmer. Amaze us once again. :)

  4. I think zimmer did a really great job on both films I love the batman films and the man of steel was really just fantastic the music really just stood out in both films from the syththers to the whole symphony in batman films to the lound banging of the drums in man of steel just totally awesome the best music I have heard in my young adult life so hans I say to u from some one who is a truly big fan who first heard you with lion king could u please compose the sequel because I believe that if u did this truly could be your masterpiece but if u you don’t u will always be my favorite composer I wish u luck in whatever decision u choose and look forword to more films many years to come u have an amazing team as well keep up the truly taltanted work

  5. Hi Mr.Hans zimmer,

    I am Vijay Antony from India, i am huge fan of you and your music, i saw you and A.R.Rahman combined composed music for 84th Academy Award Function, it was really really really awesome, because as an Indian i like A.R.Rahman fan as a music lover i like you, so i was really got surprised that you both composed together. There is no words and also i wanna tell about Man of steel soundtracks is woowww, i always listening it at office, home, travel etc again and again as i did Batman Trilogy Soundtracks…

    I want Mr.Hans Zimmer to score the music for Superman Vs Batman movie, i am eagerly waiting for that Soundtrack. No one ever can do better than Hans Zimmer, i am damn sure.

    I love you Mr.Zimmer.

  6. I loved the music of The dark knight triology. MOS was awesum, i wil luv to your score for epic batman superman

  7. What difference does the music make when freaking Ben Affleck is playing Batman? He shouldn’t do it because the movie is going to be terrible. They should get Bale to play Batman or just scrap the Batman idea. And if Henry Cahvill isn’t on board to play superman again then they should scrap this too. It sucks when they just slip any old actor in the slot because they say they couldn’t get the guy that’s suppose to play the part. They should either wait or not do it because every time they do it the movie sucks

  8. It is so hard to say. It would be a sin for him not to do the soundtrack for the next MOS film but with Batman in there we kinda dont want another interpretation of his Dark Knight yet. His Dark Knight Trilogy was/is the sickest thing I’ve ever heard (with the help of Howard Newton as well). But for the Zimmer to take another crack at the Bat?! There is NOBODY else that can do it! I would not love it if someone else did it. I know I wouldn’t.I’m sorry but Zimmer, ya gotta do it by default.