As Christopher Nolan and Hans Zimmer have collaborated together on Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and Inception they know how each other works and what they want, which is why is it possible for Zimmer to start getting ideas for The Dark Knight Rises before filming as even begun.
In a new interview the composer spoke about returning to work on the next Batman movie, and working with Nolan.
From Popcorn Biz:
“He was going to come over next week,” chuckled Zimmer. “We start early. I know he’s puttering around with ideas, and we sort of sneak up on things.”
“Working with Chris, he gives me all the freedom in the world and encourages me to go and be daring and unusual and crazy and all those sorts of things and be able to be the sort of emotional center of the film,” he told PopcornBiz. “It’s very give and take. I’ll start long before he starts shooting. Our conversations start there and it goes both ways: we just have conversations about the movie and less about what the music has to do, and it really comes out of that, whereby I felt that there was a real emotional core to be had and that that was something that the music had to do and I hung on that for dear life.”
On the Batman films Zimmer has always collaborated with James Newton Howard, so that pairing will probably happen again. The music for Batman Begin, The Dark Knight and Inception is amazing, so i’ll be looking forward to hearing the score for The Dark Knight Returns.