Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel may not have been universally beloved by critics, by fan reaction to the newest incarnation of Superman was mostly positive, as many audiences praised the film for its exhilarating action sequences, solid performances and Hans Zimmer’s awe-inspiring score.
Even while working in the shadow of the great John Williams – who composed one of the most memorable and forever-hummed movie themes in history with the original Superman (1978) – Zimmer managed to appropriately serve Man of Steel‘s emotional core and elevate the already soaring action scenes with his uplifting and dramatic orchestral arrangements. However, even after his successful collaboration with Snyder, Zimmer is still not confirmed to return to score the director’s highly-anticipated Man of Steel sequel, tentatively titled Batman vs. Superman.
In an interview with Collider this week (the same interview in which he also discussed beginning work on The Amazing Spider-Man 2), Zimmer talked about the possibility of taking on the Man of Steel follow-up and the challenges it would present – mainly creating a new Batman theme that would differ from the tone he crafted for the Dark Knight trilogy.
“It’s creating a bit of a problem in my head right now. Quite honestly, I’ve gotta sit down with Zack and have a chat with him about what he’s trying to do because what I don’t want to do is go back to that well. It’s a different Batman; Christian Bale and what I did with Chris [Nolan], that needs to have its autonomous life. I don’t want to go and now appropriate that and put that into the other Batman.”
The issue of revisiting the Batman character is something Zimmer has grappled with for a while now. About a month back, he expressed reservations about developing a theme for a character he thought he was finished with, but the prospect of working with Snyder again and breaking new ground in the DC universe has him excited.
“Of course I can see myself doing it, first of all because I love working with Zack. I think you can tell from that score we had a lot of fun, and I think it was inventive. Once I got over the whole ‘Oh my God I’m not as good as John Williams’ thing which, I’m different! And it’s different times.”
While Zimmer is still undecided about his own involvement, he’s still very supportive of the project and of Snyder’s casting choices – namely the most controversial one: Ben Affleck as Batman. Zimmer said he was shocked by the public outrage over the decision and remains on the side of Batfleck.
“He’ll be a really good Batman. It’s really quite simple, the man isn’t a fool and he’s not gonna set himself up for a fall. He’s a great filmmaker in his own right, he really is… I think he’s become a much more astute actor and I think he’ll make a great Batman, I think he knows exactly what he’s doing. So do I think it’s a good idea? Yes, I think it’s a good idea. I think he’s great casting.”
Zimmer will likely remain unsure of his return to the DC Comics filmverse until he meets with Snyder to discuss ideas and a concept, but with his experience in creating unique themes for both Batman and Superman, he seems to be the perfect man for the job. Zimmer also noted that Snyder has a way of engaging people and getting them excited about a project, and with this one, it would seem Snyder would have an even easier time convincing Zimmer to climb on board.
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Superman vs. Batman will hit theaters on July 17, 2015.