Hans Zimmer Hints at Both 'The Dark Knight Rises' & Superman
Although we have at least two years to go until The Dark Knight Rises and a few more for Zack Snyder's Superman reboot, that doesn't mean we can't start hyping up both movies this early. Christopher Nolan's regular go-to composer, Hans Zimmer, recently talked with NBC San Diego (via /Film) and, even though nothing is signed yet, pretty much confirmed he's scoring both The Dark Knight Rises and The Man of Steel. "[Chris] was going to come over next week," Zimmer says. "We start early. I know he's puttering around with ideas, and we sort of sneak up on things." Yep, they're already starting work on those next few movies now.
Zimmer has plenty more to say, though, including talking about how great it is to work with Chris Nolan:
"Working with Chris, he gives me all the freedom in the world and encourages me to go and be daring and unusual and crazy and all those sorts of things and be able to be the sort of emotional center of the film," he told PopcornBiz. "It's very give and take. I'll start long before he starts shooting. Our conversations start there and it goes both ways: we just have conversations about the movie and less about what the music has to do, and it really comes out of that, whereby I felt that there was a real emotional core to be had and that that was something that the music had to do and I hung on that for dear life."
I've been to lucky enough to speak with the legendary Hans Zimmer a couple of times, and in our most recent interview, that's exactly what he talked about, how early he starts working on these movies. Some composers don't start until the entire movie is finished, but Zimmer starts working with Nolan early on, sometimes so he can even hear some of the music while filming the scenes himself. In addition to Batman, Zimmer was asked about Superman, and if he'd work with John Williams' iconic theme once again.
"It's a hard one,” mused Zimmer, “but I followed one of the most iconic things on 'Batman' with Chris 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.”
So that sounds like we probably won't hear the old theme and Zimmer, Nolan and Snyder will be going for something new. Zack Snyder hasn't worked with Hans Zimmer before, but I'm sure he won't mind working with one of today's best composers. Being a huge fan of Zimmer (if you couldn't tell), I'm always excited to hear him talk about working on any project, especially these two. The Dark Knight's score, which he worked with James Newton Howard to create, is one of my all-time favorites. Although it's early, I'm already curious to hear what his scores sound like for both The Dark Knight Rises and The Man of Steel. How about you?