Hans Zimmer: “I have officially retired from the superhero business”

Oscar-winning composer says Batman v Superman is his final superhero soundtrack

Hans Zimmer

For the last decade, Hans Zimmer has been the go-to man for superhero movie music, penning the soundtracks for Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy and Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel. However, in a new interview with BBC HARDtalk, the Oscar-winning composer revealed that his latest superhero soundtrack, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, will also be his last.

In a question about the shelf life of superhero movies, Zimmer relayed his own experiences. He explained to host Stephen Sackur, “I did Batman Begins with [Christopher Nolan] 12 years ago, so The Dark Knight Trilogy might be three movies to you, to me it was 11 years of my life. Then I did Superman, then I did this one,”

Zimmer went on to note that despite having a collaborator in Junkie XL, the soundtrack for Batman v Superman was “very hard for me to do, to try to find new language.” As such, Zimmer said,  “I have officially retired from the superhero business” going forward.

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Even without superhero movies, Zimmer has a busy docket of upcoming projects, as he’s attached to score Ron Howard’s Inferno and Nolan’s Dunkirk. He also collaborated with Rupert Gregson-Williams on the forthcoming Legends of Tarzan.

Below, revisit our recent interview with Zimmer and Junkie XL about the making of the Batman v Superman soundtrack:

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