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How Ron Howard got Hans Zimmer back on board with superhero movies

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Sep 18, 2018, 4:54 PM EDT (Updated)

Legendary composer Hans Zimmer once swore off superhero movies for good, dropping the mic after Batman v Superman jaded him on the Batman business. But now he’s on the hook to do both Simon Kinberg’s Dark Phoenix and the new Wonder Woman film. What happened?

According to an interview with Collider, Zimmer had to come back around on the genre with a little help from an industry player who's dabbled in every genre there is. But first, there was the initial discouragement to get over. “I had lost my voice. I didn’t have any new ideas, and I don’t ever want to phone it in,” Zimmer said. But, thanks to a director who Zimmer’s known for years, one for whom Zimmer composed the Dan Brown trilogy’s music, Zimmer was encouraged to don a cape once again.

“Ron Howard, who I really consider a man of great wisdom and a great friend, quietly said to me, ‘Hans, you should never say no’,” Zimmer explained, saying that Howard reminded him that genre didn’t matter as long as there was a good story to be told. So when Kinberg showed up in Montreal with all the X-Men in tow, Zimmer took the meeting. There were simply too many interesting ideas bubbling up with this one, the composer said.

The composer then confirmed that he was signed on to score Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman 1984, the sequel to the blockbuster that Zimmer’s student Rupert Gregson-Williams worked on. “It was an odd thing to say yes to, because I had worked really hard at getting Rupert the job on the first one. But remember the motif, Wonder Woman’s theme, is mine. I wrote that damn thing,” Zimmer said.

“We had done it live, and it became more and more interesting, and I thought it was important to finish it. Patty phoned me and had a really interesting idea -- the story she is going to tell, or is on a set right now telling, is a story I want to be part of.” If it’s good enough to bring Zimmer out of Incredibles-like retirement, it’s good enough for us. Something tells us that Wonder Woman 1984 is going to take from Zimmer’s background as a new-wave icon.

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