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Good compositions heighten the cinematic experience for the audience and can be a factor in deciding whether they like a particular film. Hans Zimmer has successfully composed scores (that have manipulated us) for many action films such as the Dark Knight Trilogy, Man of Steel and Gladiator and has won awards such as the Academy, Golden Globe and Grammy Awards for his effort. The thing I love about Hans Zimmer is his modernised conventions and passion for creating unique sounds with strange and new instruments outside of the traditional orchestra.

A Very Brief General Overview of Hans Zimmer

Hans Zimmer's style is to create simple thematic material and then add his own personal "touch" to craft them into highly effective pieces that complement the movie perfectly. The Lion King underwent this process and is famous for some of its motifs throughout the movie. Zimmer's work on The Lion King strongly conveyed the themes that the directors had in mind and had elements that made the score unique - so that it wouldn't fit in any other movie. However, I felt that his work on the Dark Knight Trilogy wasn't unique to the Batman as the score could work in any action movie. The same went for the Man of Steel and the second Amazing Spider-man. In contrast, John William’s Superman theme and Danny Elfman’s Batman theme gave Superman and Batman respectively, a personalised musical identity that could never be replicated and used on another character.

Some argue that the blandness of Zimmer's Batman compositions modernised how music was created for action movies, for which I give him credit and is a reason why he won a Grammy award in 2009 for the Dark Knight – also because it supports the screen extremely well and sounds good too.

Zimmer won a Grammy for The Dark Knight
Zimmer won a Grammy for The Dark Knight

Batman V Superman

Fan made poster
Fan made poster
"You take care of Batman, I'll do the other guy" ~ Hans Zimmer

It’s been announced a while ago that Hans Zimmer would be working with Tom Holkenborg (aka Junkie XL), who is a Dutch multi-instrumentalist, to compose the film score for Batman VS Superman: Dawn of Justice. Junkie XL’s main role will be scoring the theme for Batman and collaborating on the music, which I believe will work out greatly as Zimmer originally emphasised the challenge to not reuse the themes of Batman he established in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy – Zack Snyder even loved the idea!

Junkie XL had previously collaborated with Zimmer before on the Dark Knight Rises and Man of Steel so it would be interesting to see his interpretation. It is rumoured that audiences may get to listen to Junkie XL’s version when the first trailer comes out which was rumoured to come out this month, otherwise early next year. The fans main concern is not for Junkie to compose “the best” score, but to create one that well suits the movie.


Hopefully, the score will be crafted so that each theme is personalised for each and every main character (I doubt this will be the case) and will not be a score that could be used in any random action movie – most importantly it has to support the story and the actions happening on screen, but I think Hans Zimmer and Junkie XL will be able to work around these challenges and do a good job as Hans did for The Lion King, Gladiator and Inception.


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