Hans Zimmer has been writing music for movies for three decades now and has without a doubt become one of the most well-known composers in Hollywood. Throughout much of his career, he became closely associated with producer Jerry Bruckheimer (and, in particular, the films of Tony Scott and Michael Bay) but in more recent years he has become best known for his work with Christopher Nolan. Between The Dark Knight Trilogy, Man of Steel and now Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Zimmer has played an important role in shaping the tone of the DC Universe on screen. However, it sounds like he will not be returning to score any of the future DC films and Batman v Superman may end up being his final superhero movie soundtrack. Here’s what he had to say on the matter:
“I did Batman Begins with Chris [Nolan] 12 years ago, so The Dark Knight Trilogy might be three movies to you, to me it was 11 years of my life. Then I did Superman, then I did this one… I have officially retired from the superhero business. This one was very hard for me to do, to try to find new language.”
He goes on to say that collaborating with Tom Holkenborg (Junkie XL) was one of the reasons why he wanted to do Batman v Superman (he also worked with several musicians including Holkenborg on The Amazing Spider-Man 2 soundtrack). It’s somewhat understandable, but at the same time, you have to wonder if future Warner Brothers comic book movies are going to suffer as a result of this. Zimmer most certainly helped elevate all of the films that he was involved with to varying extents. (He is still attached to compose music for Christopher Nolan’s WWII movie Dunkirk, however.) Are you disappointed by this news or are you happy to see Hans Zimmer moving on to greener pastures, so to speak?