Interview: 'Man of Steel' Composer Hans Zimmer on Hearing Colors
by Alex Billington
June 13, 2013
"He sees colors, I hear colors." One of my own favorite composers, and another person I love talking with. A few weeks ago, I got to sit down with composer Hans Zimmer for a lengthy discussion about making the new Superman score for Man of Steel, as well as originality and his working process. This is the third time I've talked with him, but it turned out even better than I hoped. He covers everything about Man of Steel and his work over the last few years including The Dark Knight, referencing John Williams, Chris Nolan and how he hears "colors" when coming up with music. It's a riveting and enlightening in-depth 25 minute chat with a legendary composer who has the remarkable talent of creating exhilarating scores. Watch below.
This interview was conducted on the Warner Bros lot inside the legendary Eastwood Scoring Stage, where the score for Man of Steel was recorded. I was Mr. Zimmer's last interview of the day and he was very tired.
Watch my 2013 interview with Man of Steel composer Hans Zimmer, recorded in Los Angeles:
Here's an embed of Zimmer's track "DNA" from the Man of Steel score to listen to while reading/watching:
Thank you to Hans Zimmer for his time, as well as ID PR for arranging and Warner Bros for my travel to Los Angeles. For as long as I can remember I've been a fan of Hans Zimmer's scores and I'm always, always truly honored to interview him. I really enjoyed speaking with him openly for such a long time, as I felt like he gave us a rare glimpse into the mind of a genius. I wanted to explore his process and how it has evolved and how he works today to create such exciting cinematic music and yet stay original and unique every time. Zimmer's Man of Steel soundtrack is now available (the Limited Deluxe Edition contains "Hans' Original Sketchbook") on Amazon or iTunes, and can be streamed through Spotify. Or hear it in the movie this week.
Warner Bros' Man of Steel, directed by Zack Snyder, arrives in theaters everywhere this week, starting June 14th. See the final trailer here and catch the superhero movie in IMAX 3D and regular theaters everywhere.