Hans Zimmer has composed the scores for all three of Christopher Nolan’s Batman movies, Man of Steel, Amazing Spider-Man 2 and now Batman vs. Superman, but the Oscar winner now says after his most recent superhero movie will officially be his last.
In just one week we’ll finally get to see who will win in the fight between the Dark Knight and the Man of Steel, when Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice hits theaters. But you don’t have to wait that long to get a new look at Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman, which you can gaze upon while you listen to Hans Zimmer and Junkie XL’s complete score for Zack Snyder’s DC superhero epic.
Over the years, Batman has had some highly iconic themes. From the opening song of the classic 1960s ABC series to Danny Elfman’s instantly recognizable theme from the Tim Burton films, the many Batman adaptations have always included memorable music. With Batman vs. Superman fast approaching, we’re about to get a new addition from composer Junkie XL, who partnered with composer Hans Zimmer for the film’s score. Today, you can listen to the new Batman theme from Batman vs. Superman and see how it stacks up against some of the old classics.
One of the cooler things Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has going for it is the involvement of composer Hans Zimmer, who previously scored Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, which should lend a bit of dark, orchestral familiarity to Snyder’s film. To keep things a bit fresh, Zimmer has collaborated with Junkie XL (the maestro behind Mad Max: Fury Road) on the upcoming superhero epic, and you can listen to the first track from the film right now.
Batman's movie and TV adaptations have had varying degrees of success over the years, but one aspect of the DC Comics franchise that has been almost universally good for the past five decades or so has been the music.
As if to prove it, the Piano Guys -- a duo consisting of a pianist and a cellist (shouldn't they be the Piano and Electric Cello Guys?) -- have taken three iconic Batman themes, arranged them for their own instruments, and mashed them up in a really creative and compelling way. Not only that, they put it all in an absolutely beautifully shot video.
As part of the ongoing celebration of the 75th anniversary of Superman, Warner Bros. Animation's Bruce Timm and Man of Steel director Zack Snyder collaborated on a two-minute film that observes some of Superman's more memorable adventures. The animation includes homages to original creators Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster to contemporary artists like Jim Lee, with stops along the way that give props to Curt Swan, Dan Jurgens, Neal Adams, Andy Warhol, Fleisher Studios, Alex Ross, the Smallville television series, Christopher Reeve, George Reeves, Henry Cavil and Timm's own work on Superman: The Animated Series.
Film composer Hans Zimmer participated in a Reddit "Ask Me Anything" on Tuesday in which he discussed numerous topics including digital audio gear, favorite works of his own, musical heroes like Kraftwerk, the challenges of working as a composer in Hollywood, and of course his music for the new Superman film Man of Steel. One of Christopher Nolan's key collaborators on the celebrated Dark Knight trilogy of Batman films, Zimmer said viewers/listeners can "Expect hope" from his Man of Steel score. "Hope and not cynicism. The opposite of The Dark Knight."
"I am devastated by this tragedy, and my heart is with the victims, survivors and their loved ones. Words fail me," wrote Hans Zimmer on Facebook in the early days following the shocking events of July 20, when 12 people were killed and dozens wounded by a masked gunman at a midnight screening of Zimmer's new film, The Dark Knight Rises, in Aurora, Colorado...
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We might still be over a week from being able to see The Dark Knight Rises, but at least we can hear it right now - Well, kind of. Warner Bros. has released Hans Zimmer's soundtrack to the movie online, to give you the chance to imagine what to expect from Christopher Nolan's final Batman movie...