Rogue One composer Michael Giacchino says he’s interested in scoring The Batman, a project that would reteam him with his frequent collaborator, director Matt Reeves. After scoring his friend J.J. Abrams’ hit ABC series Alias beginning in 2001, Giacchino’s breakthrough composing music for feature films came in 2004 with Disney/Pixar’s animated superhero blockbuster The Incredibles. Alternating between more films for Pixar (Ratatouille) and Abrams (Mission: Impossible III and Star Trek) in the ensuing years, Giacchino’s score for Pixar’s Up in 2009 took the maestro’s career to a whole new level with an Oscar for Best Original Score.
Giacchino has been one of the busiest composers in the business since, and last year, he took on the gargantuan task of becoming the first person to score a Star Wars film outside of John Williams with Rogue One. The film earned acclaim across the board, and featured a brilliant score that hearkened Williams’ work yet set the tone for the Star Wars spinoff with Giacchino’s unique style.
With no task seeming impossible, Giacchino appears ready to take on another iconic property with the upcoming DCEU entry The Batman for his pal Reeves. In an interview with Variant’s Arris Quinones (via Batman News) on the red carpet of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Giacchino pondered the opportunity to work on The Batman, which of course stars Ben Affleck in the titular role:
“Yeah, it depends on who’s making it and who’s involved, but yeah, I would love to. I love Batman.”
Giacchino would be a perfect match for Reeves’ The Batman, and not just because he’s been one of the hottest composers in Hollywood in the last 13 years. It seems that when Giacchino finds a fit with certain filmmakers, the familiarity yields positive results. In addition to more work with Pixar (he scored Inside Out for his Up director Pete Docter), Giacchino’s reteamed with Abrams several more times (on TV’s Lost and Fringe, as well as two more Star Trek films, Super 8, and Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation), as well as Reeves.
Giacchino’s clearly found a groove working with Reeves, composing the score the director’s vampire thriller Let Me In, as well as Dawn for the Planet of the Apes and War for the Planet of the Apes, which is set for a July 14 release. Clearly Reeves and Giacchino understand how one another works, and that solid working relationship would go a long way in strengthening their collaboration should they opt to work together again on The Batman. And while Reeves is new to the superhero genre with his turn at the helm of The Batman, Giacchino would also be a valuable resource having composed music for Doctor Strange last year and the score for July 7’s Spider-Man: Homecoming.
Perhaps the only thing that would keep Giacchino from doing The Batman is his packed schedule. After scoring 2015’s Jurassic World he’s returning to compose the music for Jurassic World 2 in 2018; and he’s already lined up as composer for the sequel to the film that kicked it all off for him with 2018’s The Incredibles 2.
Source: Arris Quinones (via Batman News)