For the score of Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice, Hans Zimmer partnered with Junkie XL, the main composer for Mad Max: Fury Road and Deadpool. But that will be his last work within the superhero genre, he announced in an interview on BBC.
Making an appearance on BBC's HARDtalk program, which specializes in in-depth interviews, Zimmer discussed his work on the Dark Knight trilogy and Snyder's Man Of Steel and Batman v Superman.
'I Have Officially Retired From The Superhero Business'
He pointed out that he spent a significant part of his life composing for superhero movies:
"I did 'Batman Begins' with Chris [Nolan] 12 years ago. So the Dark Knight trilogy might be 3 movies to you, to me, it was 12 years of my life. Then I did 'Superman,' then I did this one."
Dedicating so much time on these movies, he explained, is part of the reason it was hard to bring fresh material to the table for Batman v Superman. So he decided to stop working on the genre:
"I have officially retired from the superhero business. This one was very hard for me to do, to try to find new language."
Even the box office potential of Batman v Superman wouldn't tempt him to stay with the franchise:
"I truly believe nobody can write for money. You gotta be inspired, and money is not very inspiring."
'We Still Have A Few Superhero Movies Left In Us'
But he made a point of stating that his own personal inspiration doesn't impact his thoughts on the superhero genre in general:
"I think we still have a few superhero movies left in us. [You can] look at these as our modern mythological characters, [...] some sort of weird extension of our Greek myths."
One Of The Most Prolific Film Composers
If you haven't discovered his music in Batman v Superman yet, you've still heard his work if you've seen either Interstellar, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, 12 Years A Slave, Man Of Steel, The Dark Knight Rises, Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Inception or even Kung Fu Panda 1, 2 and 3. And that's only a small part of his award-winning discography.
You can find out more about his work on Batman v Superman in this interview with DC Entertainment here:
You will be missed, Hans!
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