Hans Zimmer, the movie musical composer who most recently lent his decided talents to the Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice original motion picture score, has seen his fair share of work within the superhero cinematic genre over the course of the last ten plus years. Starting with Batman Begins in 2005, Zimmer went on to write the music for the entire The Dark Knight trilogy for director Christopher Nolan, before continuing on with DCEU successor Zack Snyder on Man of Steel and then its followup, Batman V Superman.
For fans of Zimmer’s work within the superhero business in Hollywood in the formerly mentioned five successive films, the composer’s knack for composing grand and epic suites for everyones favorite DC superheroes to act against have made for some of the most compelling moments of each respective motion picture. Zimmer’s distinctive musical voice has become synonymous of late with the theatrical images of the Bat of Gotham and the Son of Krypton – but according to the man himself, he has grown a bit tired providing music for the characters personally and professionally.
In a recent interview conducted with the BBC News, Zimmer states that while many of his movie score-listening fans may think of The Dark Knight trilogy as just three films, the composer sees said collective work as, “11 years of my life.” Added to that his work on two more films of the DCEU canon, and Zimmer has become quiet worn out, stating of his work on Batman V Superman:
“This one was very hard for me to do, to try to find new language.”
Zimmer was subsequently tasked with providing insight as to whether or not his own beleaguered outlook on the superhero genre reflects the impending irrelevance of said storytelling tradition in much the same way that the American Western has largely become a thing of the past. In response, the acclaimed composer was careful to cite the fact that he believes filmmakers like Snyder, “Still have a few superhero movies left in [them],” and that viewers merely have to engage with characters like Batman and Superman as, “Some sort of weird extension of our Greek myths.”
At the end of the day, the persistence of superhero movies like The Dark Knight trilogy and Dawn of Justice may very well come down to the crucial sticking point of having a story or not having a story, as Zimmer conclusively stated at the end of the interview. For now though, it would appear that Zimmer will be hanging up his cape and cowl as the musical contributor to the still young DCEU, though who knows whether or not he might return at some point to the characters that have brought him such widespread acclaim in recent years.
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice is now playing in U.S. theaters. Suicide Squad will arrive on August 5, 2016, followed by Wonder Woman on June 23, 2017; Justice League Part One on November 17, 2017; The Flash on March 16, 2018; Aquaman on July 27, 2018; Shazam on April 5, 2019; Justice League Part Two on June 14, 2019; Cyborg on April 3, 2020; and Green Lantern Corps. on June 19, 2020.
Source: BBC News