Hans Zimmer Says He is Done with Superhero Movies


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?

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  • RockJoker

    More dissapointed. This guy has a gift for superhero scores.

  • bobsponge42

    BvS has made quite the impact.

  • schizopolis

    I think it’s time for the Zimmer to step down from doing these movies. I actually thought Junkie XL (feel silly typing his name) was doing BvS alone until a couple months ago. I liked the BvS score. But compared to Junkie’s score for Fury Road, I was a little disappointed. Junkie should take over now.

  • Kenneth Serenyi

    Other composers will just pick up on his style moving forward.

  • LordAwesome

    Good riddance. His droning audio wallpaper will not be missed.

  • Stinker

    Elfmann is out, Zimmer is out. Elfman quite after Spiderman 2, Zimmer after BvS. Elfman quite while at the creative top, Zimmer, well not at the top.

    Listen to Zimmer since his Paperhouse score in 1988, but he has lost something in the recent years.

  • Stinker

    Sorry. Forgot the Elfman part in the Score to the “Avengers-Age of Ultron”, but this was only a collaboration with Tyler.

    But I doubt that he will score another solo, but then again money talks. And this would allow him to buy a lot of percussions and other nice trinkets. And score nice documentations, which normal would not afford Elfman as a composer.

  • devolutionary

    And Thomas Newman can clearly take over for John Williams when he hangs it up (ROTJ understudy, Bridge of Spies).

  • Matt the Kiwi

    I gotta get me one of those purple jackets.

  • schizopolis

    Good call. I think Junkie XL is uncredited for some music in Man of Steel that I noticed were not in the soundtrack. And Michael Giacchino supposedly did some work on Force Awakens. There are moments in that film where it sounds like JJ’s Star Trek. So it seems like the transitioning is in place.

  • ReelJunkie

    BvS reviews got him shook.

  • Mark Stevens

    Hum the theme from any of his last five scores–not going to miss him a bit. Would be wonderful to see the these assignments go to someone like Joe Kraemer (who did such a terrific score for the last MISSION IMPOSSIBLE film), or Chris Young, or, hey, even such people as Bruce Broughton or Joel McNeely. You know, people who can write real music, with notes and everything.

  • Stinker

    Imagine a Basil Poledouris score for a Superhero movie, the Power of the Red Dawn End title in a Captain America movie. Then again Henry Jackman can write notes, as far as I know.