Composer Hans Zimmer Retires From ‘Superhero Business’ After ‘Batman v Superman’

Hanz Simmer Batman v Superman Score
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Oscar-winning composer Hans Zimmer has announced that he’s walking away from heroes in spandex after his work on “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.”

“I have officially retired from the superhero business,” Zimmer told BBC Hardtalk.

Zimmer is the mastermind behind the music for 2013’s “Man of Steel” and Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight” trilogy. But, after more than a decade of crafting music for one genre, the composer said he feels burnt out.

“[‘Batman v Superman’] was very hard for me to do, to try to find new language,” the composer said. “I did ‘Batman Begins’ with Chris 12 years ago, so ‘The Dark Knight’ trilogy might be three movies to you; to me it was 11 years of my life.”

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Zimmer also created the scores for such films as “Interstellar,” “Gladiator” and “The Lion King.” And, while he is finished with the superhero genre, he is not done with the business as a whole. He is set to reteam with Nolan to score the upcoming WWII drama “Dunkirk.”

Throughout his career, Zimmer has helped bring other composers to the elite ranks. Some of his apprentices have included John Powell (the “Bourne” films), Harry Gregson-Williams (“The Martian”) and Lorne Balfe (“Terminator Genisys”).

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  1. Darcseid says:

    Great his MoS sucked. I collect soundtracks and his work…well some is great some is like “Wow didn’t you do this already??” Lack of effort on BvS too, rehash of MoS….Really sucked watching that movie with a soundtrack I heard from another film.

    Another repeat hack – Alan Silvestri…. OMG does he repeat shet!!!!

  2. Lance Miller says:

    Thank god!!! He’s awful. He creates nothing memorable and it’s all loud thumps and humming.

  3. Turd Ferguson says:

    Idiots, he’s probably the greatest movie composer of all time and his scores on Man of Steel and BvS were some of the highlights of the films. Go back to your shanties morons.

  4. Chris says:

    Hans saw the sharp downward turn in quality from BVS and wanted to quickly distance himself from the DCEU. Can’t blame him to be honest.

  5. About time, he’s been destroying the franchise with his horrible versions of Batman, and Superman, I would just make it that John Williams and Danny Elfmans score becomes the official score for Batman & Superman.

  6. Kane Banway says:

    As much as i like to listen to Man of steel when i workout, it remains a very forgettable score. Like Backdraft. Awesome and epic, but not destin to be a “classic” like most of J.Williams work. For that, it requires more “soul” and complexity in the music than just some loud sound in a loop.
    So, i just hope he will have the opportunity to work on more quiet movies, where he will be able to try other things…

  7. DanZee says:

    Other than John Williams and some Danny Elfman films, today’s film scores all sound the same to me!

  8. ILoveJohnWilliams says:

    The man who has single handedly destroyed film music walking away from these movies ought to be a cause of celebration…except it’s like the mafia, one of his minions (like the hack “JunkieXL”) will just take his place.

  9. Nolanphile says:

    In recent years, Zimmer has consistently pushed the envelope. Post-Gladiator, he cashed a lot of paychecks making scores that sounded silmilar, but when he met Nolan that went out the window. The Dark Knight, Inception, Interstellar and even BvS have all expanded the notions of a classical movie score and proved that Zimmer is an artist unafraid to take chances on a huge scale.

    I look forward to what’s next from this talented composer.

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