Hans Zimmer Talks 'Outrageous' New Sound for 'Dark Knight Rises'

December 5, 2011
Source: Collider

The Dark Knight Rises / Hans Zimmer

Last month, famed composer Hans Zimmer, the man behind the scores for films like Inception, Sherlock Holmes, Gladiator and more, put out a call to anyone who wanted to be a part of his work on The Dark Knight Rises, the anticipated conclusion in Christopher Nolan's Batman franchise. The call was looking for thousands of voices for some sort of chant that will be integral to the score of the film. Recently, Collider sat down with the composer who opened up a bit about that idea as well as the sound crafted for the high profile sequel, a sound that Zimmer calls "ambitious," somewhat "experimental" and even "outrageous."

Here's what Zimmer had to say about how this new sound for the film came together (via Collider):

"Well, before I started on 'Sherlock,' I had an idea for' Dark Knight'. I said to Chris [Nolan], 'Would it be okay if I got the most outrageous orchestra together and tried this experimental thing?' It involved chanting and all sorts of stuff. And, if I decided that it was just complete rubbish, then we could just throw it away and nobody would ever mention that Hans went and spent all that money. So, I went off and spent weeks writing it. I recorded the piece, and Chris came by and said, 'Well, you've done half the movie now.' I said, 'Well, I don't think that's quite true.' But, I think I figured out my cornerstone to the thing."

For Nolan to be satisfied with something Zimmer was merely experimenting on makes me think this is going to be something we haven't heard in Nolan's films before, and completely unlike anything we've heard in a blockbuster or comic book film score. The fact that Nolan thought Zimmer's work captured the spirit of at least half the film when the composer wasn't even certain that what he created would work out speaks volumes about what he's put together, and I really can't wait to hear it on the big screen. Hopefully we'll get a taste of that score when the six-minute prologue for the film shows up in front of select IMAX screenings of Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol across the country.

As for the use of thousands of voices from fans, Zimmer says, "I'm hellishly ambitious on that. The chant became a very complicated thing because I wanted hundreds of thousands of voices, and it's not so easy to get hundreds of thousands of voices. So, we Twittered and we posted on the internet, for people who wanted to be part of it. You always want to create a sound that nobody has ever heard, but I think, this time, we might be doing that. As a musician, I think about what environment things are recorded in. Now, you have hundreds of thousands of voices, all recorded in their own individual environment." As someone who was thrilled to be a part of the crowd providing cheering for the disc wars scene in Tron Legacy when Joe Kosiniski brought a sound crew to record at Comic-Con, this also sounds like a great treat for fans.

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the hype for this movie is making me go through way to many pairs of underpants

TheMaskedGremlin on Dec 5, 2011


Very exciting, but I still wish James was writing with Hans for this.

TeddyBlass on Dec 5, 2011


I love hearing all this..but trying to stay not super hyped even though I hyped the Dark Knight through the roof and it still amazed me beyond belief.   I guess we can hear that chanting in the teaser trailer?

Wesls31 on Dec 5, 2011


Damn, July can't come soon enough.

Merc on Dec 6, 2011


I'm not sure anything could top the drums and brass of Agressive Expansion, or the building and building of inception but i'm really excited to hear this. ...had no idea he did the lion king score!    

Anonymous on Dec 6, 2011

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