Hans Zimmer is one of the most in-demand film composers working today, with his scores for Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight trilogy and Zack Snyder's Man of Steel helping re-invent the superhero movie score as emotionally complex and powerful pieces of orchestral music (not to mention, his electrifying compositions for awards-favorite 12 Years a Slave).
While Zimmer is currently working with Nolan again on Interstellar and has I Am Legend screenwriter Akiva Goldsman's feature directorial debut Winter's Tale on its way as well, he is currently scoring Marc Webb's The Amazing Spider-Man 2, taking over from another celebrated film composer, James Horner.
Zimmer has talked at some length about his approach to this particular superhero franchise, and while the project was just getting going when we last heard from him, it seems far enough along to provide fans with a brief preview of what might be a variation of Zimmer's main Spidey theme. Addictomovie's YouTube account has isolated an audio track which plays automatically when a user navigates the official website for The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
Check out the track above.
Could this be close to what the main Spider-Man theme might be? When discussing using a different way of scoring something like The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Zimmer said:
“I’m sort of grappling with a completely different way of doing it right now, and literally it’s just the laboratory doors are open right now. I have an idea but I haven’t played it to anybody yet, so I don’t even know if it’s going to work yet. Because you never know, music is this weird indefensible thing, it either resonates with you or it doesn’t. I’ll either get the tone right or I won’t, but it’s serious experimentation time at the moment.”
This synthesizer-heavy, trumpet-and-guitar driven track certainly sounds like a big departure from the dark, moody tone Zimmer is famous for, with a kinetic, driving feel which invokes Spidey's soaring web-slinging, and feels like an extension of the track included in the film's first official U.S. trailer.
Still, there is no confirmation that this track is indicative of what the final score will be, but it has an upbeat tone to it which feels in line with the character and universe of Spider-Man. Marc Webb's rebooted franchise may be several shades darker than Sam Raimi's original take, but Spidey is traditionally quip-loving and sarcastic, and overall somewhat less of a brooder than, say, Batman, even though both characters' commitment to eradicating crime sprung from similar circumstances.
With the release of Marc Webb's follow-up six months away, expect more insight and samples from Hans Zimmer's score to find their way online.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opens in theaters on May 2nd, 2014.