Few music composers have made such a profound mark on the world of popular culture, and film in particular, as Hans Zimmer. The German composer is known for creating the memorable scores of many movies, including the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, Gladiator, Interstellar and Inception. For fans of the superhero genre, he’s best known for working on Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight trilogy, as well as Man of Steel and more recently, Batman V Superman in collaboration with Junkie XL. Needless to say, he’s old hat at it by this point.
However, Zimmer revealed not long after the premiere of Batman V Superman that he would be stepping back from superhero movies for a while, citing the process of scoring them as becoming more wearing.
Don’t start mourning just yet, though; Zimmer spoke about his decision to take a sabbatical from the overwhelming blockbuster world of superheroes in an interview with The West Australian, where he confirmed his statements but provided some hope for fans:
“It’s true. Until somebody comes along with a great idea.”
It seems it would take a particularly spectacular project to bring Zimmer back onto the superhero scene. We can only wait and see if something catches his eye as news of planned Marvel and DCEU films roll in for the next few years. Maybe a superhero or superhero ensemble with some unique features will bring him back to one or both universes – live action Justice League Dark, I’m looking at you.
For his most recent work, catch Hans Zimmer’s music in BBC’s nature documentary Planet Earth II, and Netflix’s new TV drama, The Crown.