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Hans Zimmer says he's retired from the superhero business

03.30.2016

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For Zack Snyder's latest, composer Hans Zimmer teamed up with Tom Holkenborg (aka Junkie XL) to bring the music of BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE to life. The score probably fared better than the actual movie, bringing to life a brooding Dark Knight theme and a thrilling leitmotif for Wonder Woman. If you had your hopes set for the two collaborating again on JUSTICE LEAGUE, you might want to check your expectations at the door. Speaking with BBC, Zimmer confided that he has retired from the "superhero business." I've included his entire quote below.

Hans Zimmer on retiring from superhero films:

I did BATMAN BEGINS with Chris [Nolan] 12 years ago so TDK trilogy might be 3 movies to you, to me it was 11 years of my life. Then I Did [MAN OF STEEL] and then I did this one. I have officially retired from the superhero business. It's just me. This one was very hard for me to do. To try to find new language. I did it in collaboration with a friend of mine, Tom Holkemberg, who just did the Mad Max movie and we've been friends forever. That was very important; to have another voice in there.

While Zimmer's music fit the DC world like a glove, I have no doubts that a suitable replacement will be found, and if we're lucky, Junkie XL will be a part of that. Holkenborg has more than proved his worth with the score for MAD MAX: FURY ROAD, and his style falls in line with what Zimmer created for this universe. For the next film in the DCEU, SUICIDE SQUAD, Stephen Price (FURY, GRAVITY) will be taking on the composing reins. Here's hoping he crafts something just as suitable as Zimmer has been able to do!

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9:03PM on 03/30/2016
I just hope they keep Superman's theme and use it consistently around him. They've done it perfectly with Man of Steel and Batman V Superman. I like a good theme that surrounds a character! DC has been doing it very well with scores for their films.
I just hope they keep Superman's theme and use it consistently around him. They've done it perfectly with Man of Steel and Batman V Superman. I like a good theme that surrounds a character! DC has been doing it very well with scores for their films.
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7:52PM on 03/30/2016

Good! Bcuz he sucks at it!

Don't get me wrong, Hanz makes amazing scores, and his Dark Knight score was great, but not for Batman, not for any super hero, they would be good for like a regular action movie, but superhero scores should be more theme like, John Williams and Danny Elfman's previous scores were superhero scores.
Don't get me wrong, Hanz makes amazing scores, and his Dark Knight score was great, but not for Batman, not for any super hero, they would be good for like a regular action movie, but superhero scores should be more theme like, John Williams and Danny Elfman's previous scores were superhero scores.
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7:20PM on 03/30/2016
I really enjoyed his score in BVS, especially during the final battle sequence. But I understand that he needs to move on if he's getting into a rut.
I really enjoyed his score in BVS, especially during the final battle sequence. But I understand that he needs to move on if he's getting into a rut.
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2:27PM on 03/30/2016
There's a fine line between a composer who has trademarks and a composer who repeats him/herself. I think Hans knows this and made that choice in order to not cross that line. Very wise. Specially for someone who has such a wide variety of work. The scores for THE LION KING, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN, SHERLOCK HOLMES and the super-hero movies he mentioned don't sound anything alike.
There's a fine line between a composer who has trademarks and a composer who repeats him/herself. I think Hans knows this and made that choice in order to not cross that line. Very wise. Specially for someone who has such a wide variety of work. The scores for THE LION KING, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN, SHERLOCK HOLMES and the super-hero movies he mentioned don't sound anything alike.
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3:00PM on 03/30/2016
Exactly. Add Driving Miss Daisy to that list.
Exactly. Add Driving Miss Daisy to that list.
2:18PM on 03/30/2016
His music deserves to be in better movies than what he's been doing for superhero movies anyways. Glad to hear this. Bet he never works with Synder again.
His music deserves to be in better movies than what he's been doing for superhero movies anyways. Glad to hear this. Bet he never works with Synder again.
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2:14PM on 03/30/2016

Thanks Hans!!

Thanks Hans a master!!Another article where the writer has to take a shot at DC and BVS, seriously you writers and critics are salty got your feelings hurt!! Again you have failed to takedown Dc the movie is a Mega hit, majority of fans loved it so stop trying to take shots when in fact you are the ones who should be taking shots for being wrong in your reviews and being exposed for not being objective!! You should still be eating crow and stop the nonsense already this movie is about to make
Thanks Hans a master!!Another article where the writer has to take a shot at DC and BVS, seriously you writers and critics are salty got your feelings hurt!! Again you have failed to takedown Dc the movie is a Mega hit, majority of fans loved it so stop trying to take shots when in fact you are the ones who should be taking shots for being wrong in your reviews and being exposed for not being objective!! You should still be eating crow and stop the nonsense already this movie is about to make 600 million in a week and you guys still trying hard to prove yourselves right especially with the new line it will take a steep drop on the 2nd week!! Duh haters unless you expect it to make another 400 million on a weekend than duh it's going to take a drop and you will still be wrong!! I never in my life seen a movie get so many articles regardless if it's a negative bias one or positive ones where the writer still takes a shot or just articles by objective people!! It's must be a record!
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4:46PM on 03/30/2016
Exactly. I feel like everything I like about the movie everyone hates and vice versa. The Wonder Woman music was my least favorite.
Exactly. I feel like everything I like about the movie everyone hates and vice versa. The Wonder Woman music was my least favorite.
5:21PM on 03/30/2016
Right and those who didn't know much of Dc are interested to learn more so they will check the comics and even NEtflix animation movie unlike the haters who wanted everything handed to them. FOr me the movie gave me everything I wanted and that dvd cut will be even better. Only valid complaint was the drag for the first half which was needed to set up the story for JLA and explain the some of the new players..FOr e it didn't drag a bit but that's the only legit complaint not the crap we heard
Right and those who didn't know much of Dc are interested to learn more so they will check the comics and even NEtflix animation movie unlike the haters who wanted everything handed to them. FOr me the movie gave me everything I wanted and that dvd cut will be even better. Only valid complaint was the drag for the first half which was needed to set up the story for JLA and explain the some of the new players..FOr e it didn't drag a bit but that's the only legit complaint not the crap we heard last week where they clearly expected a MArvel movie or some comedy..
9:36PM on 03/30/2016
Two words. Butt. Hurt.
Two words. Butt. Hurt.
2:11PM on 03/30/2016
I have listened to the BvS score by Zimmer, and I haven't really liked it. It sounded booming and busy and dark, and it feels like the melodies get so buried to be not memorable. He says he had a real hard time with this one and you can hear that hard time in the product. Zimmer is a genius, but this genre has taken a toll on him.

It doesn't compare to John Williams Superman Score. melodic and triumphant. It sounds instead to be desperately busy. Rhythmically it is interesting. But it
I have listened to the BvS score by Zimmer, and I haven't really liked it. It sounded booming and busy and dark, and it feels like the melodies get so buried to be not memorable. He says he had a real hard time with this one and you can hear that hard time in the product. Zimmer is a genius, but this genre has taken a toll on him.

It doesn't compare to John Williams Superman Score. melodic and triumphant. It sounds instead to be desperately busy. Rhythmically it is interesting. But it feels like getting beat over the head with a hammer.
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2:00PM on 03/30/2016
You left out the second part of the headline, "Until they throw bags of money at him".
You left out the second part of the headline, "Until they throw bags of money at him".
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1:58PM on 03/30/2016
I think its understandable for ZImmer. His work has been so phenomenal over the years, it would be a travesty if he was just relegated to superhero flicks. His scores for movies outside the TDK trilogy have been nothing short of wonderful. The Interstellar score is mindblowing in my opinion, as is Inception. Maybe he will reteam with Ridley Scott on another sword and sandals epic in years to come...

Re: Stephen Price. I have not had an opportunity to see Fury, though I want to see it before
I think its understandable for ZImmer. His work has been so phenomenal over the years, it would be a travesty if he was just relegated to superhero flicks. His scores for movies outside the TDK trilogy have been nothing short of wonderful. The Interstellar score is mindblowing in my opinion, as is Inception. Maybe he will reteam with Ridley Scott on another sword and sandals epic in years to come...

Re: Stephen Price. I have not had an opportunity to see Fury, though I want to see it before Suicide Squad comes out. But, the Gravity score was pretty mesmerizing IMO. I am sure Price will deliver well for SS.
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1:32PM on 03/30/2016

I guess this is understandable.

It's pretty clear he's been molding Junkie XL to become the next Hans Zimmer.

I enjoy the grand scale of Zimmer's work. I also prefer his consistency in sound, which is the primary reason I didn't like his work for Amazing Spider-Man 2.
It's pretty clear he's been molding Junkie XL to become the next Hans Zimmer.

I enjoy the grand scale of Zimmer's work. I also prefer his consistency in sound, which is the primary reason I didn't like his work for Amazing Spider-Man 2.
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1:18PM on 03/30/2016
I wonder if he wrote the theme of Wonder Woman. That theme was exhilarating!
I wonder if he wrote the theme of Wonder Woman. That theme was exhilarating!
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4:01PM on 03/30/2016
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1:04PM on 03/30/2016
Definitely one of the best in the business. Actually really enjoyed his soundtrack from Man of Steel and BvS.
Definitely one of the best in the business. Actually really enjoyed his soundtrack from Man of Steel and BvS.
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12:59PM on 03/30/2016
This sucks. His score for DoJ was fantastic and I was looking forward to seeing his musical take on the Justice League.
This sucks. His score for DoJ was fantastic and I was looking forward to seeing his musical take on the Justice League.
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12:57PM on 03/30/2016
Whether it was Junkie XL or Hans, this Batman theme was better than any theme the Dark Knight trilogy produced. He'll be missed
Whether it was Junkie XL or Hans, this Batman theme was better than any theme the Dark Knight trilogy produced. He'll be missed
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