Oscar-winning film composer Hans Zimmer's drum-tastic score for Man of Steel ranks among his most impressive work in recent memory, but there's been some doubt surrounding his potential return to provide the music for the Man of Steel sequel - not least of all, because the movie will include Batman, who's a comic book character that Zimmer previously helped bring to life when he scored director Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy.
Zimmer, who is reuniting with Nolan on the space travel adventure Interstellar, has spoken in public about him being (until further notice) not officially committed to scoring Batman vs. Superman/Man of Steel 2. This is the first time that Zimmer has spoken openly in public about the project, since WB/DC dropped the (figurative) atomic bomb that was the announcement that Ben Affleck is playing the Caped Crusader in the film.
Nolan and the "Dark Knight" himself, actor Christian Bale, have always maintained that they are finished with the Batman character, ever since their superhero movie trilogy finale Dark Knight Rises was released in theaters. Zimmer admitted to Red Carpet News that he too finished work on Rises, with his mindset being that he would not be revisiting Gotham City in the future - and thus, isn't certain about reprising as composer on Batman vs. Superman (much less, what his approach would be):
"This is really complicated for me. Because we all went, 'Okay, we're done with Batman,' and now it's sort of getting smuggled back in. I'll have to have a think about that one. I might give you a new Batman if I do it."
The task of creating "a new Batman" (read: different musical themes) in the Man of Steel sequel could present an interesting challenge for Zimmer. His score for the Dark Knight movies tends to fall more on the ambient and atmosphere side, with less emphasis on creating a definitive theme for the eponymous masked vigilante. Unlike Heath Ledger's The Joker and Tom Hardy as Bane, Bale as Bruce Wayne is not associated so closely with a specific leitmotif (beyond the general theme for the Dark Knight trilogy).
That arguably gives Zimmer more room to breathe, even while facing the intimidating job of constructing a theme that's both unique to Batfleck and stands a healthy distance apart from those for his predecessor(s) in the cape and cowl. In fact, old-school Batman actors Michael Keaton and Adam West's theme songs rank among the more iconic in pop culture history (to mention nothing of the superhero genre) - the question is, should Zimmer be the one to attempt and give Affleck his own memorable Bat-tune?
On a final note: Zimmer - like seemingly everyone else on the planet - was asked to offer his thoughts on the casting of Affleck:
"I actually think it's a really good choice, because #1 he's a great filmmaker. He's smart. He wouldn't have taken it if he had set himself up for a fall. And, you know, he's a bit older these days and that's what we need, and he's got a good chin."
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Batman vs. Superman/Superman vs. Batman/Man of Steel 2 opens in theaters on July 17th, 2015.
Source: Red Carpet News TV