Listen to the Complete Soundtrack for ‘The Dark Knight Rises’

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dark knight rises score Listen to the Complete Soundtrack for The Dark Knight Rises

Ask any movie fan and they’ll tell you that music is a vital part of any successful film. Just try and imagine Star Wars without John Williams’ unforgettable score or The Lord of the Rings without Howard Shore’s evocative themes. Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy has similarly relied on the talents of composers Hans Zimmer and James Newton-Howard, who collaborated on the memorable music for Batman Begins and The Dark Knight.

However, with The Dark Knight Rises, Zimmer composed the score on his own for the first time in the trilogy. We’ve already heard a preview of his work for the film, but now the full soundtrack is available online (courtesy of Empire).

Below is the score’s third track, which may serve to introduce Tom Hardy’s Bane to moviegoers:

Zimmer’s career dates back to the 1980s and includes such films as The Lion King, Gladiator and all three Pirates of the Caribbean sequels. More recently, he signed on to compose the score for Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel, which is probably due to Nolan’s involvement with Superman’s big-screen return. The Dark Knight Rises marks their fourth director/composer collaboration following 2010’s Inception.

In a press release, Zimmer spoke about the partnership he shares with Nolan:

“We’re comrades in arms, the way we try to cheer each other on and try to really do the best work we possibly can. And part of that is you have to be prepared to not hold back. You have to put everything into the movie.”

Though it’s unfortunate that Newton-Howard is not returning to wrap up the trilogy, Zimmer has proven himself to be passionate about the series and more than capable of delivering music powerful enough to match Nolan’s striking visuals. Check out another standout track from The Dark Knight Rises soundtrack below and then listen to the full album at Empire.


Let us know what you think of the film’s score in the comments. Does The Dark Knight Rises soundtrack live up to your expectations? Does it make you more or less excited for the film itself?

The Dark Knight Rises – in case you’re one of the few NOT counting the days until its release – hits theaters July 20th, 2012.


Source: Empire

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  1. Great score, doubt it will be a contender in the oscar run.

    • Well the Academy doesn’t seem to get Christopher Nolan’s work all that much…which makes Zimmer bedfellow. He has yet to even be nominated as a director.

      • Bah! ‘The Academy’ are a bunch of hacks IMO.
        They hardly acknowledge any of the good stuff.

        One of the most surprising winners that I’ve ever seen was when ‘The Curios Case of Benjamin Button’ won an Oscar for best visual effects. I’m sorry, but aging a person backwards isn’t nearly as visually breathtaking as the effects seen in Iron Man and The Dark Knight.

        • Oh I agree completely. The Academy is on some ole BS when it comes to Nolan’s films. Heck, even UP was nominated for best picture. UP!

          Don’t get me wrong, great flick. I have the Blue Ray. But if UP can get a nomination then at least one of Nolan’s films should have had a nomination by now.

          I think both TDKR and The Avengers could get a nom this year. For one, they nominate like 10 films these days. And two, I don’t know how you can ignore the kind of box office return both have/and are going to to generate this year. Couple billion dollars.

          • Yeah, I was totally surprised when the only award TDK got was for Heath’s performance as The Joker compared to the the awards it should’ve won alongside that (visual effects, screenplay, score).

            I like to think that the fuss made when TDK failed to get a Best Picture nomination was the reason they changed their minds to feature more movies in that category.

            And also, in my opinion, Up was a good movie but the only part worth watching for me was the opening 10 minutes, the rest was just pointless fluff.

            • @ Dazz

              Didn’t TDK recieved two awards?

              • The Academy has an unofficial ban on movies that make lots of money. They make the occasional exception (Lord of the Rings) but Avengers and TDKR are not seriously in the running because the people who made it are richer now than they used to be.

  2. Great work from Hans Zimmer I’ll be picking up a copy of TDKR soundtrack on the 17th when it releases in stores.

  3. Wait? The whole sondtrack is avalible free online?

  4. :D

  5. Gotham’s Reckoning encapsulates Bane’s sheer brutality and monstrosity perfectly. But my favorite’d be Selina Kyle’s theme, Mind If I Cut In?

  6. This score is on an epic scale. I can just picture a massive orchestra playing creating this wall of sound. I can’t wait to see what Mr. Zimmer does for Man of Steel.

  7. Not bad, better than TDK I think, but not BB.

    The iTunes version has three more tracks, the final one called “The End” isn’t on the regular (this) version.

  8. Can this just play throughout my daily life? I’m already in love with it. I loved that he did change it up a bit so It felt new and fresh, while keeping the same feel and mood from the previous films, especially with “Gotham’s Reckoning”,”Mind If I Cut In?” and “On This Ice” which are my favorite so far. I love Hans Zimmer and what he’s done for the trilogy. He truly brought the mood and feeling that I can’t picture a different composer doing. Can’t wait for this film!!!!!!

  9. Just randomly listening to the tracks. “Imagine the Fire” is totally badass.

  10. Gotham’s Reckoning!!! Bad Ass!

    Bane is gonna be the new Boogieman. Just wait until Halloween. Gonna count how many little Banes come knocking on my door.

  11. Yup – that’s great stuff. I really like “Imagine the Fire”, as well. Massive, epic (although that word is being tossed around a lot) and awesome…

  12. Wasn’t Zimmer nominated for an Oscar for his work on Inception? And if memory serves me right, the only reason that none of the previous Batman/Dark Knight films didn’t get Oscar nods, was because both Zimmer and Howard worked together, which apparently made it unfair?

    So, I gonna go out on a limb here and say that Zimmer will at least get an Oscar nod this time around. And, by some miracle, maybe he will even win. :)

  13. Gotham’s Reckoning

    2:34 “….crashing this plane.”
    “With no survivors.”

  14. Just listened to ‘Gotham’s Reckoning’ and ‘The Fire Rises’ and both were amazing.
    I’m gonna try and refrain from listening to the rest of the tracks until I’ve seen the movie though… it would just make the film that much more epic.

  15. The Bane’s music is simply awesome and leaves an adrenaline effect. Just loved the score & it must head for the oscar title. The different one from the joker one.