Legendary composer Hans Zimmer has officially announced he was retiring from the “superhero business.”
The German composer, whose impressive resume shows he composed music for more than 150 films since the 1980s, has made his superhero musical mark on such recent comic-book fare as Batman Begins (2005), The Dark Knight (2008), The Dark Knight Rises (2012), Man of Steel (2013), The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016).
He even won an Academy Award for his score on Disney’s The Lion King (1994) and wrote music for the Pirates of the Caribbean series, Gladiator (one of my favorite movie soundtracks EVER), The Last Samurai, Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Trilogy, Sherlock Holmes, Inception and Interstellar, to name just a few.
Sitting with BBC HARDtalk earlier today, Zimmer revealed he’s retiring from composing music for superhero films, explaining why he reached that decision.
“I did Batman Begins with Chris [Nolan] 12 years ago, so The Dark Knight Trilogy might be three movies to you, to me it was 11 years of my life,” he said, explaining that he then worked on Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. “This one was very hard for me to do, to try to find new language.”
Zimmer also added he was glad he got to collaborate on director Zack Snyder's movie with a good friend of his, Tom Holkenborg, aka Junkie XL (Mad Max: Fury Road), saying it was important to have had another voice on Batman v Superman.
Are you disappointed that Hans Zimmer is quitting the superhero movie business? Who do you think should pick up the baton to score some of the next comic-book movies in the DC Extended Universe? What did you think of his work on Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice?