‘Batman vs. Superman’: Hans Zimmer Confirms His Return as Composer

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batman vs superman movie composer Batman vs. Superman: Hans Zimmer Confirms His Return as Composer

Batman vs. Superman marks director Zack Snyder’s first collaboration with acting talent like Ben Affleck (playing Batman), Gal Gadot (playing Wonder Woman), and Jesse Eisenberg (playing Lex Luthor), but the filmmaker’s crew behind the camera features more familiar names to the Snyder world of cinema. That includes the movie’s co-writer David S. Goyer (Man of Steel), director of photography Larry Fong (300, Watchmen), and production designer Patrick Tatopoulos (300: Rise of an Empire, which Snyder co-wrote and produced), among others.

There’s been some doubt, however, surrounding the return of Man of Steel composer Hans Zimmer on the sequel, mostly due to the Oscar-nominee saying that he’s not sure he should be involved on the project. The simple explanation is that Zimmer also scored Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, so he’s had additional reason to be concerned about repeating himself in Batman vs. Superman – seeing how Affleck’s Caped Crusader is expected to be quite different from Christian Bale’s (and thus, his musical theme ought to reflect that).

At the same time, though, neither Snyder nor anyone else associated with Batman vs. Superman has expressed any real strong doubt about Zimmer coming back into the fold. Which is to say: now that we have confirmation that Zimmer’s return is happening, it’s not a huge surprise.

Zimmer is currently working on the score for Nolan’s sci-fi tentpole Interstellar (which releases later this year), but he informed Digital Spy that Snyder has asked him to come back for the Man of Steel sequel – a request that Zimmer seems happy to oblige, despite his own concerns about the task ahead of him. Nonetheless, Batman vs. Superman is still just over two years away (if not further), so there will be plenty of time for Zimmer and Snyder to brainstorm what sort of leitmotifs would be most befitting characters like Batman and Wonder Woman, as they are presented in this film:

“We’ve already had a couple of chats, and once I finish the movie that I shall not talk about [a.k.a. 'Interstellar'] I will probably head over to where Zack is shooting his movie and just hang out a bit and see if we can come up with any ideas,” Zimmer said.

batman vs superman hans zimmer score Batman vs. Superman: Hans Zimmer Confirms His Return as Composer

The multi-Oscar-nominee Zimmer has produced many a memorable and/or iconic theme over the course of his career, though sometimes his film scores can be noticeably derivative of his previous work (arguably, his efforts on The Lone Ranger being a recent example); that he’s more conscious about the need to be innovative with his Batman vs. Superman compositions, however, should only provide Zimmer with additional incentive to fashion something impressive, like (again, arguably) he managed with his Man of Steel score:

“That’s my problem, that’s my dilemma. I don’t want to betray, if that’s the right word, the Dark Knight movies. That was Christian [Bale], it was Christian’s role.

“It’s not just that it was nine years of our lives, so you want to stay honest and honourable to that period. So it’s really about, ‘Is there something else I can find that I haven’t tapped into?’ Which I don’t know until I sit down with Zack.”

Man of Steel, in part through Zimmer’s drum-tastic score, established the feel and vibe of Snyder’s take on DC’s comic book legends, so that will help provide a perimeter for the sandbox in which the composer and director play on the followup. Then again, with Batman vs. Superman being in a good position to open the floodgates for future DC films (see: Justice League), maybe that’ll encourage Zimmer and Synder to work outside the box on this particular comic book movie blockbuster – much like Zimmer apparently has on his latest superhero project Amazing Spider-Man 2, which he worked on alongside Pharrell Williams.

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Batman vs. Superman is currently scheduled to hit theaters on May 6th, 2016.

Source: Digital Spy

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  1. This should be awesome! Arcade was incredible in MoS and I can’t wait to see Hans genius at work with a new theme for The Caped Crusader. The Dark Knight score still gives chills…

  2. Heck yeah! I’m interested in how he is going to change the Batman theme. I hope he adds trumpets also to the arrangement for Superman’s theme. I know he wanted to differentiate himself from John Williams score, but I think he did that now. Would love to hear the main theme with trumpets instead of pedal steel guitars.

  3. Batman versus Superman movie…music to my ears no matter who does the score!

  4. This made my day, definitely. But I will say that I think it would be best, knowing Hans loves to collaborate, that he oversees the general score and Superman’s themes, but that he brings in either a protégé or someone he already wanted to work with, for Batman. I’d be thrilled if he brought in the guy who did the animated TDKReturns and Arkham Origins. But it could also be someone else obviously. I think that’d be the creatively best way to go about it. But if Hans feels new inspiration for Batffleck, I’d love to hear that too. Almost too good to be true if that’s the case.

    LOVED Man of Steel and generally everything about it, not least of which was Hans’ brilliantly soulful and powerful score. So yeah, if this is legit, if he does continue at least the Superman parts of the score, this made my day.

    Listen to terraforming and picture Superman AND Batman rising up against enemies, TEAMING UP. Honestly, I go mental at that thought. I’m about to throw my keyboard out the window in excitement. The ultimate superhero team-up with the ultimate superhero composer. Can’t wait for MoS2, cannot effing wait for it.

    • I feel like hes going to work on the Justice League score within the Batman/Superman film.

  5. YES

  6. I think they should get the composer from batman arkham origins to work with Hans Zimmer. Making Hans do the music for Superman and the guy who compose for batman in the games do it in the movie.

    • Christopher Drake. I have been saying Drake deserves to cross over to live-action for some time now because he nails it every time. He has done so many animated film scores as well. I agree 100%!

  7. Awesome! I loved his Man of Steel score.

  8. Hell Yeeea. The Arcade Score is amazing, all of them are. I saw a video of Ben Affleck driving a car and you can see that guy is huge for the interpretation of Snyder’s Batman. Guys just chill out and you will get the most badass batman ever. Superman/Batman. 05/06/2016. Why so far. I can not wait no more.

  9. Could this movie sound any better?

    • To me, if Zack Snyder wasn’t directing this, it would sound like Beethoven, Mozart and Bach in their prime.

      • What if Ben Affleck directed OH MY GOD it would be difficult but I think he could do it.

  10. Zimmer is the best ….I can tell when Dark knight or Man of steel is on TV just by hearing the score. Not so much any of the other recent comic book movies.

  11. I really didn’t like Hans work for MAN OF STEEL I felt like he rushed it using one score for every action scenes, not like DRK trilogy that sounded epic and had plenty of score for different scenes. I hope he does B vs S score like he did on TDK trilogy.

    • I agree I thought there was only one VERY memorable track for MOS and that was at the end credits. I thought Hans was phoning it in for most of the film. TDKR had a lot of variety until it turned into a greatest hits selection by the end. I was really hoping for a new direction for Batman Vs. Superman but it seems like its the same old movie.

  12. I for one love this guy’s work and I HOPE DKR score comes back on this movie.. LOVE that theme. LOVE it.. I loved anti-gravity score of MOS as well.. it was very well fitting.. Awesome!

  13. I guess they learned nothing from the first debacle that was Man of Steel did they?

    Could this movie really get any worse?

    • I do respect everyone’s opinion(after all, it is an opinion) but debacle? Yes, MOS has problems(especially excessive destructions), but I thought some of the fight scenes are one of the best ever.

      • Excessive destruction? Give me a break. It’s two people with almost infinite powers fighting each other on earth. How could there not be “excessive destruction?”

        • It’s not so much about the destruction. It’s about some viewing the hero as having as utter lack of concern for it as the villain. It about some wondering why these two people with almost infinite powers kept punching, dragging and/or throwing each other through buildings that couldn’t do even as little as move a single hair out of place.

          • Why wouldn’t Zod want them to showdown in the city? He said he would kill people and take them away from Kal so throwing Kal through building and blowing one in half with your heat vision would be the way to go. Superman didn’t have time to moan and cry about the destruction because he was scared..His first fight was against Zod and the first time he had encountered someone who could actually hurt him. The last thing on his mind should’ve been collateral damage at that point he had to stop Zod.

            • Zod was trying to kill Superman as much as he was the people. In fact, killing Superman first should have been top priority for him seeing as Superman was the sole obstacle preventing him from succeeding in this task. But Zod throwing Superman through buildings did nothing to either divert Superman’s attention from him (no matter how many people might been killed in the wreckage) or actually harm him at all. In short, Zod gained nothing in regards to killing Superman. And Superman doesn’t have to moan and cry to care about the destruction, only try to do something to prevent it as it was certainly if indirectly costing lives and playing into what Zod wants. I mean look at what he did when Zod threatened Martha, picked him up and flew him away though flying him into a open gas station wasn’t exactly Superman’s finest hour.

              • Please tell me anyone,why its problem with man of steel when just a year back some guys were enjoying shawverma after destroying manahattan and people never had any problem with it.

                • They didn’t have any problem with it in my opinion because the Avengers didn’t destroy Manhattan, they saved it. They were showing directly saving lives and doing everything they could to contain the damage and the risk to the people the fighting had caused. It particularly goes a long way when it is shown that Iron Man saved the people of Manhattan from a nuclear missile and making sure the only casualties of that strike was the Chitauri, practically giving up his own life to see it done.

                  • Ohhh the Avengers saved Manhattan.. woopdedoo…. Superman saved the WHOLE PLANET!

              • Superman did not have the time to fly around to “prevent” any destruction anymore than the US military had time to prevent destroying buildings and people every time one of their missiles got deflected or one of their planes destroyed……. saving the EARTH was priority. And to do that they had to beat ZOD.. get real. so sick of hearing it could have gone any other way……This was as realistic as you can get when you have two kryptonians figthing over a city.

          • You people are stil hanging on to the comics Superman that has years of experience. In MoS , he JUST became Superman… he put the suit on and 2 days later was fighting krytonians… he was still learning to fly himself..the guy was fighting to save the whole planet, and at the end he saved billions… I am so tired of all the whinning about the destruction, when people have a street fight is hard to think of your surroundings.. you are just thinking of getting through and win. How come no one mentions all the destruction the US military did in this movie? How many people died everytime a missile got deflected to the ground or a plane would hit a building that would make it crumble? This was a WAR for Earth, and there are always collateral damage.

    • “debacle” Lol.

  14. MOS score was amazing. As the kids say… you crazy boo.

  15. Debacle is a PERFECT description of Man of Stupid. I agree with Bill.
    @ Movie B
    @ Jake
    LOL!! Nice try!!

  16. Great news then! Zimmer is a genius and I love the MOS soundtrack. It fits perfectly with the theme of the movie!

  17. Anyone knows how much money a well known composer receives for films ?

    • http://work.chron.com/much-money-average-film-scorer-make-15385.html

      Low-Budget Fees
      Low-budget indies pay scorers $2,500 to $15,000 for the package, while low-budget studio indies pay $35,000 to $60,000. Low-budget features pay $60,000 to $250,000, according to a survey by “Film Music Magazine.”

      Medium-Budget Fees
      As you might expect, medium-budget films command higher deals for music scores. A medium-budget indie, for example, can bring a package of $25,000 to $75,000 for the project. Studio indies pay $75,000 to $150,000, whereas feature films can pay $250,000 to $350,000.

      Big-Budget Fees
      Big-budget films are where the money’s at, even for independent films. As of 2012, a big-budget indie feature can bring a package deal of $75,000 or more. Studio independent films typically pay a minimum of $200,000 for the finished score, while features bring package deals of $400,000 to $2 million.

      Creative Fees
      Although its frequency is dwindling, some film scorers are given creative fees. They need only to provide the musical score for the film, leaving all the production details to the studio. If you can get this sort of deal, you’re looking at a paycheck of $150,000 to $450,000 for medium-budget features and $350,000 to $2 million for big-budget features.

      Licensing Fees
      If a studio decides to use a piece of music from the score of another movie, the composer is paid again. These licensing fees, too, vary with the budget of the film. For example, a big-budget feature might pay anywhere from $2,000 to $150,000 to use a song. Medium-budget films can pay in the range of $1,500 to $75,000 for a single piece of music.

      Just googled it. LOL. Answered my own question

      • tl;dr Not enough.

  18. Such great news, the continuity of same composer and how he will play off both “hooks” from each DK and MOS is going to be astounding. The news about BVS just gets better and better!

  19. Awesome,he is the best working composer in the business.His score for Inception still remains has the best music score i have ever heard.

  20. ‘BATMAN vs SUPERMAN’ or ‘MAN OF STEEL 2′ also stars DIANE LANE, AMY ADAMS, LAURANCE FISHBURNE, HOLLY HUNTER and JEREMY IRONS.

  21. He could probably do it…..worst case scenario they could hire someone to replace him for any subsequent batman films. They did it for danny elfman in spiderman 3 (2007).

  22. Id like to see Danny Elfman score the film since he scored Spider-Man & Burton’s two Batman films. Hans Zimmer’s score for Nolan’s Batman films all sounded the same, aswell as MOS with the same tone.

  23. @John Carter
    Hmmm… How would you have done it? Please tell me in detail what your grand scheme was. Give me some other alternative actions you would have taken to avoid so much destruction.

  24. Pictures of the Batfleck or gtfo.

  25. Here is my updated list for DC Cinematic Universe Movie Order:
    Man of Steel (2013)
    Man of Steel 2: World’s Finest (2016)
    Wonder Woman(2017)
    Green Lantern: First Flight (2017)
    Batman vs. Dracula (2018)
    Man of Steel 3 (2019)
    Martian Manhunter (2019)
    Justice League (2020)
    Flash (2021)
    Batman vs. Arkham (2021)
    Wonder Woman 2 (2022)
    Superboy Prime (2023)
    Justice League 2 (2024)
    Man of Steel 4: The Death of Superman (2025)
    Green Lantern 2: Blackest Night (2026)
    Wonder Woman 3 (2026)
    Cyborg (2027)
    Justice League Dark (2028)
    Batman vs. Robin (2029)
    Captain Atom (2029)
    The Reign of the Supermen: Part 1 (2029)
    Green Lantern 3: Rebirth (2030)
    Martian Manhunter 2 (2030)
    The Reign of the Supermen: Part 2 (2031)
    Infinite Crisis: Part 1 (2031)
    Infinite Crisis: Part 2 (2032)
    Infinite Crisis: Part 3 (2032)
    Justice League: The New Frontier (2033)

    • Whoooooooooa! Calm down there boy!.. You went way far

    • Whoooooooooa! Calm down there boy!.. You went way far. I doubt that Comic Book Movies will last that long..