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Hans Zimmer follows in the footsteps of Goyer and Nolan and joins Man of Steel

Jun. 19, 2012by: Alejandro Stepenberg

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Hans Zimmer has thus far done some of the best work of his life when working with Christopher Nolan, and it certainly sounds like that trend will continue if the snippets we've heard from his work on THE DARK KNIGHT RISES are any indication.

But it looks to be that their collaboration will soon extend further than that, as Zimmer has now been tapped to score MAN OF STEEL.  This marks the first time that director Zach Snyder has not worked with composer Tyler Bates, and I for one say that's a great step forward for MAN OF STEEL's potential quality in and of itself. 

On an ironic note, it was none too long ago that Zimmer spoke the following words in response to the rumor that he would be scoring MAN OF STEEL: "How can I say it: My heart belongs to Batman. I wouldn’t even know how to go and give voice to it. I haven’t thought about it... John Williams [is] the greatest living composer -- full stop. And that happens to be one of his greatest themes. So no. And I’m not thinking of rewriting Beethoven’s ninth either. It just sounds like a thankless task, you know? So that’s unequivocally a no. I have never spoken with Zack Snyder."

Was it misdirection? Did Zimmer have a change of heart and crack the theme? Perhaps a DVD special feature will tell us some day.  In the meantime, is there anyone you wish had taken the job instead of Zimmer, or does he fit the tone Snyder, Nolan, and Goyer have built so perfectly that nobody else could have done the job?

Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard

(L-R) Hans Zimmer with James Newton Howard - the pair worked together on THE DARK KNIGHT

Extra Tidbit: Williams' score for SUPERMAN: THE MOVIE was nominated for an Academy Award in 1978.

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8:05PM on 06/19/2012
Bates didn't score the Owl movie Snyder directed, it was scored by Hirschfelder.
Anyway, I kinda hoped Williams' Superman theme would be like the Bond theme, a continuous idenity for every version of the character.
Bates didn't score the Owl movie Snyder directed, it was scored by Hirschfelder.
Anyway, I kinda hoped Williams' Superman theme would be like the Bond theme, a continuous idenity for every version of the character.
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4:48PM on 06/19/2012
Hans Zimmer is both generic and genious. He could go either way.
But you know, I just listened to the 2CD version of John Williams' Superman yesterday. It was amazing. Man, that was a perfect score.
Hans Zimmer is both generic and genious. He could go either way.
But you know, I just listened to the 2CD version of John Williams' Superman yesterday. It was amazing. Man, that was a perfect score.
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4:46PM on 06/19/2012

I don't give a F**K

Whoever makes the score...
If he DOESN'T use Williams' theme I won't like it !
MAYBE I won't hate it, but I can't like a Superman's score without THE theme !
Can you imagine Star Wars or Indiana Jones, or even Jaws without Williams' themes (Jaws 3 didn't... Granted it was not the WORST of this POS, but still...) ?
Whoever makes the score...
If he DOESN'T use Williams' theme I won't like it !
MAYBE I won't hate it, but I can't like a Superman's score without THE theme !
Can you imagine Star Wars or Indiana Jones, or even Jaws without Williams' themes (Jaws 3 didn't... Granted it was not the WORST of this POS, but still...) ?
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6:53PM on 06/19/2012
Man you're so right, it's like watching a Batman movie without..... oh wait.
Man you're so right, it's like watching a Batman movie without..... oh wait.
12:46PM on 06/19/2012
Zimmer should still try and channel his own sense of melodic theme. He's incredible with melodies and it could really stand on its own. I hope he doesn't feel the need to repeat the big, singular tones he's done on Nolan's films - it would sap the identity of Man of Steel a lot, I think.
Zimmer should still try and channel his own sense of melodic theme. He's incredible with melodies and it could really stand on its own. I hope he doesn't feel the need to repeat the big, singular tones he's done on Nolan's films - it would sap the identity of Man of Steel a lot, I think.
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3:03PM on 06/19/2012
Zimmer is a genius, I'm sure the Superman will be a totally different sound than his TDK stuff.
Zimmer is a genius, I'm sure the Superman will be a totally different sound than his TDK stuff.
12:37PM on 06/19/2012

Hans Zimmer is an excellent choice

...but even he won't be able to top John Williams' legendary and perfect Superman score.
...but even he won't be able to top John Williams' legendary and perfect Superman score.
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11:27AM on 06/19/2012
Good stuff! I'm glad Tyler Bates is out, nothing he does is original or worth it. He completely ripped off Elliott Goldenthal's Titus score for 300 and should have had his ass sued. I know film composers are unsung heroes and get a VERY small amount of time to compose the music, but still. I'll be curious if Zimmer goes the thematic route, more Sherlock Holmes or more open ended like Batman.
Good stuff! I'm glad Tyler Bates is out, nothing he does is original or worth it. He completely ripped off Elliott Goldenthal's Titus score for 300 and should have had his ass sued. I know film composers are unsung heroes and get a VERY small amount of time to compose the music, but still. I'll be curious if Zimmer goes the thematic route, more Sherlock Holmes or more open ended like Batman.
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11:27AM on 06/19/2012
Zimmer is awesome, but I feel sorry for Bates. That must have been tough news to hear from your friend. "Sorry man, but I'm gonna with a different composer for Superman." "Aw shit! Come on Zack, I thought we were homies!"
Zimmer is awesome, but I feel sorry for Bates. That must have been tough news to hear from your friend. "Sorry man, but I'm gonna with a different composer for Superman." "Aw shit! Come on Zack, I thought we were homies!"
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11:20AM on 06/19/2012
This will be good, and surprise to hear that Tyler Bates isn't involved with Snyder. They are teammates, But his news is awesome.
This will be good, and surprise to hear that Tyler Bates isn't involved with Snyder. They are teammates, But his news is awesome.
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11:01AM on 06/19/2012

Zimmer is generic.

Zimmer would do anything for money and attention... so he'll just let his mediaventures hordes take on this score and then just stamp his name on it as he always do.
Zimmer would do anything for money and attention... so he'll just let his mediaventures hordes take on this score and then just stamp his name on it as he always do.
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10:05PM on 06/19/2012
This response is 100 percent accurate. Zimmer can do well, and is a very nice guy, but I fear the worst from his hordes of ghost writers.
This response is 100 percent accurate. Zimmer can do well, and is a very nice guy, but I fear the worst from his hordes of ghost writers.
9:30AM on 06/19/2012
Epic hero deserves an epic score. Being a Hans Zimmer fan I welcome this.

So, how 'bout that trailer?
Epic hero deserves an epic score. Being a Hans Zimmer fan I welcome this.

So, how 'bout that trailer?
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9:21AM on 06/19/2012
I'm pumped for this. Zimmer is fantastic. Gladiator hands down, I believe, is the best he's done. Can't wait for what he has in store for MOS.
I'm pumped for this. Zimmer is fantastic. Gladiator hands down, I believe, is the best he's done. Can't wait for what he has in store for MOS.
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8:56AM on 06/19/2012
nolan and snyder was awesome...but now that zimmer is on board it'freakin magic!
best news of the year!!! (at least for me)

now bring on the teaser!
nolan and snyder was awesome...but now that zimmer is on board it'freakin magic!
best news of the year!!! (at least for me)

now bring on the teaser!
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7:59AM on 06/19/2012
This is the best news story of the month. I can't wait to see how Hans Zimmer takes on Superman. It will be epic no doubt!
This is the best news story of the month. I can't wait to see how Hans Zimmer takes on Superman. It will be epic no doubt!
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7:16AM on 06/19/2012

"Hans Zimmer has thus far done some of the best work of his life when working with Christopher Nolan."

I disagree. His work is so extensive that only a handful of movies with Nolan don't clearly reflect his amazing career. Add some more soundtracks:
- House Of The Spirits
- Lion King
- The Rock
- The Prince of Egypt
- The Thin Red Line
- Gladiator
- Pearl Harbor
- The Last Samurai
- King Arthur
- Pirates of the Caribbean
- ...
I disagree. His work is so extensive that only a handful of movies with Nolan don't clearly reflect his amazing career. Add some more soundtracks:
- House Of The Spirits
- Lion King
- The Rock
- The Prince of Egypt
- The Thin Red Line
- Gladiator
- Pearl Harbor
- The Last Samurai
- King Arthur
- Pirates of the Caribbean
- ...
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7:57AM on 06/19/2012
I love the music he wrote for Sherlock Holmes. The first time I saw this movie, I was immediately engaged by the opening notes of the score, before any action appeared on screen (even as the studio logo first appeared). When this theme returned for the sequel, I once again was swept away into that same spirit.
I love the music he wrote for Sherlock Holmes. The first time I saw this movie, I was immediately engaged by the opening notes of the score, before any action appeared on screen (even as the studio logo first appeared). When this theme returned for the sequel, I once again was swept away into that same spirit.
8:40AM on 06/19/2012
I'm not saying that he hasn't done some other fantastic work, as GLADIATOR contains some of what I believe to be the best film music ever written. That being said, I also believe that THE DARK KNIGHT is Zimmer's current crowning achievement.
I'm not saying that he hasn't done some other fantastic work, as GLADIATOR contains some of what I believe to be the best film music ever written. That being said, I also believe that THE DARK KNIGHT is Zimmer's current crowning achievement.
8:42AM on 06/19/2012
And I'd second BrokenDreamer on the quality of SHERLOCK HOLMES, as Zimmer seemed to branch out a fair amount with his instruments and arrangements there. But I'd add the caveat that I have always found his score for A GAME OF SHADOWS to be loads better than that which he wrote for SHERLOCK HOLMES.
And I'd second BrokenDreamer on the quality of SHERLOCK HOLMES, as Zimmer seemed to branch out a fair amount with his instruments and arrangements there. But I'd add the caveat that I have always found his score for A GAME OF SHADOWS to be loads better than that which he wrote for SHERLOCK HOLMES.
3:38PM on 06/19/2012
I agree that the sequel had an incredible score, but I simply love the melody for the Sherlock Holmes theme. Therefore, the moment I heard it in A Game of Shadows, I became excited for the rest of the film. That song just sticks in my head!
I agree that the sequel had an incredible score, but I simply love the melody for the Sherlock Holmes theme. Therefore, the moment I heard it in A Game of Shadows, I became excited for the rest of the film. That song just sticks in my head!