Hans Zimmer Retires From Scoring Superhero Movies

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Yes, you read that right. During a recent appearance on BBC HARDtalk, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice composer Hans Zimmer announced that he’s done with superhero movies. Zimmer has scored over 150 movies, but it sounds like he won’t be adding another comic book movie to the list in the future. Here’s what he had to say:

“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. This one was very hard for me to do, to try to find new language.”

Well, it seems that he won’t be scoring Zack Snyder’s Justice League after all, which is kind of a bummer. Here’s hoping that he’s going to change his mind, but for now it looks like Snyder will definitely have to find another composer to fill his shoes.

The Academy-Award winning composer is most notably known for his work on The Dark Knight trilogy, the Pirates of the Caribbean series, The Lion King, Inception, Interstellar and many other movies. Which Hans Zimmer score is your personal favorite? Let us know in the comment section below.

Source: BBC

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  • delta_one

    I actually really liked the Man of Steel score. This is a huge bummer. Inception was probably one of my favorites, as well.

  • Tamás Németh

    He only said it was a hard task to do. The batman suite after the tdk trilogy. I don’t think he will retire from CBMs.

  • wilderfox

    My favorite of his would probably be The Last Samurai

  • thatsmrtoilet

    I’m actually a big fan of his score for The Thin Red Line.

  • Math

    Did he actually said he wasn’t doing anymore or is this your own deduction? I don’t see nothing in this quote that specifically state that he’s done. Clearly he’s tired and might want to tackle new challenges, but it would be really sad if he was completely done with the genre, since he’s so good at it.

    • Michael

      He said that in the video (check the source). Couldn’t find an embed link, hence why it isn’t in the article.

    • Michael

      He says it in the video (check the source). Couldn’t find an embed link, hence why it isn’t in the article.

      • Math

        Oh thanks. I didn’t notice there was a link.

  • Mohd Nazri

    An Idea of Hope
    Is She With You
    The Dark Knight Rises Main Theme

  • japhule

    Why not quote the actual line about retirement? In the video from BBC, he says “…I have officially retired from the super hero business…”

  • SuperBuckeye30

    I’m sure Junkie XL will take over the reins for the next few DC movies now that Hans is going to step aside.

  • Math

    Well, that sure raises a lot of questions. Does that mean Junkie XL takes over the scoring duties for the other movies or do they find a new compositor altogether? Do they re-use the same themes? From what I can see, they created themes for Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman, so does whoever takes over keep these themes and expand on these or does he create new ones?

    I’m definitely going to miss Hans Zimmer’s music. I believe he was the best part of these movies. I love the Marvel movies, but it is still missing the same level of quality music that Hans brought to this franchise. There are plenty of great composers out there who can do a good job, but except for maybe John Williams, Hans Zimmer is simply the best for doing these kind of exciting heroic scores and he leaves pretty big shoes to fill.

  • Flight is one of the greatest tracks of any Soundtrack not only just superhero ones. Supermans theme by itself shows more heart and soul than his character has in two films. Great composer.

  • Junkie XL would be perfectly fine with me. Maybe some Brian Tyler. “Brothers in Arms” from Mad Max sounds like a Batman theme so I was really excited to see what he did here..Wonder Woman’s is crazy, Lex’s was fun, and Beautiful Lie was outstanding.

    • I just checked my iTunes. Since May I have listened to Brothers in Arms over 100 times. Incredible song.

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  • Maximillian Pegasus

    Man of Steel is definitely his best.

  • Axxell

    Makes sense…I don’t wanna say he mailed it in for BvS, but the only memorable track there was the WW theme, “Is she with you?”. Not his usual self.

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  • jollybrah

    Sad day. Hans is my favorite composer and thats because of his DC film scores. They are all just brilliant. DC films won’t feel the same without him but thank you Hans, for some of the best music out there.

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