Every time a character is portrayed by two actors, comparisons are inevitable. It's happened with Spider-Man, the X-Men, Joker, Superman and Batman. The latter specifically has had millions of people argue about which actor brought to life the best recent version of the character: #ChristianBale or #BenAffleck. Given how everyone has different tastes, it's not easy to win such an argument, but that hasn't stopped fans from trying.
Now, #HansZimmer has joined the debate. The legendary composer surprised everyone last year when he announced he was moving on from scoring superhero movies after Batman v Superman. At the time, he explained it was due to having a hard time finding a new sound for the characters.
Zimmer sat down for an interview with Inverse, and he elaborated a bit on his surprising announcement. Turns out, the lack of a compelling superhero script and his loyalty to #ChristopherNolan were the reasons for his retirement from the genre:
"Ron Howard actually said something really smart to me [...] 'Don’t say you will never do a superhero movie again. Wait for somebody to turn up with an amazing script for a superhero movie.' And I suppose that’s what I’m saying: Can I please have the amazing script? It just did my brain in to have written Christian Bale as Batman, and suddenly it’s Ben Affleck. And it felt like I was betraying everything Christian had done."
He also talked about the difficulties of crafting a score around Affleck's character. That's when he revealed our newest #BruceWayne didn't resonate with him as much as the one given to us by Christopher Nolan:
"I spent months trying to come up with something for Ben. The Batman that I know and the one I learned is the one that Christian did, and Ben plays it differently. And I can’t quite shake that off. For me, the Christian Bale character was always completely unresolved. It was always about that moment at the beginning of the first movie, where he sees his parents getting killed [...]
... The Ben character is more middle-aged; he seems to be grumpy as hell, but I didn’t feel the pain that I felt in Christian’s performance. And it was that pain that made me interested."
Keep in mind, he's not declaring Ben Affleck's #BruceWayne as the worst portrayal of the character. He's simply pointing out the characteristics that makes him connect with Christian Bale's portrayal more. And we have to consider that...
He May Have A Point
Ben Affleck's #Batman may have been comic-book accurate and highly entertaining to watch, but as a character, he was crafted around the idea that we already knew who he was, and there was no more structuring needed.
We see he is angry. And because we have a gazillion versions of the guy out there, we get the notion of why he's that way. But if it weren't for that previous material, we could potentially feel lost trying to understand his backstory and motivations.
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On the other hand, Bale's pointy-eared crime fighter made us go in a journey with him; we discovered who he was at the same time he did. That's what Zimmer was referring to when he mentioned he could feel the pain in Bale's portrayal. It was because we were shown the reason behind that pain.
So, as amazing as he is, there's definitely room for improvement with Ben Affleck's Caped Crusader. Fortunately, he'll have a chance to flesh out his character more in #JusticeLeague and hopefully, in #TheBatman.
What did you think of Hans Zimmer's comments? Do you agree or disagree? Let me know in the comments!