Hans Zimmer to Score Superman Film, No John Williams Themes [Video]
Although Christopher Nolan has officially handed off the forthcoming Superman movie and all its responsibilities to director Zack Snyder, it seems the as-yet-untitled film may yet retain some of that Nolan flavor in the form of its music. The creator of superlative scores for Nolan’s The Dark Knight and Inception, Hans Zimmer has confirmed he will write the music for Snyder’s Superman film, which is excellent news. Unfortunately, the music will not include any of the classic Superman themes composed by John Williams and featured in the previous five Man of Steel movies, which is obviously unacceptable.
The film’s Williamslessness notwithstanding, the concept of Superman-style action and Zimmer’s muscular music is an easy one to get behind. Indeed, the pairing already occurred to one fan earlier this month, when he set a famous scene from Bryan Singer’s Superman Returns to a lovely piece of music from Zimmer’s The Da Vinco Code score. You can check it out after the jump.
The news of Zimmer’s involvement with Superman and the painful abandonment of John Williams came courtesy of NBC San Diego, who covered a DVD release party for Inception.
“It’s a hard one,” mused Zimmer, “but I followed one of the most iconic [Danny Elfman scores] on ‘Batman [Begins]’ with Chris [Nolan] as well, and it’s the same thing. You are allowed to reinvent, but you have to try to be as good or at least as iconic and it has to resonate and it has to become a part of the zeitgeist. That’s the job. On ‘Gladiator’ I remember people always talking about ‘Spartacus’ and I kept telling them, ‘When you saw “Spartacus” and how it affected it you, that’s how I want a modern audience to be affected by what we do now.’ So I think ultimately you’re supposed to reinvent.”