Hans Zimmer has already confirmed he will be returning to compose the score for The Dark Knight Rises, and now Christopher Nolan has enlisted the composer to work on the Superman reboot also. When asked about the project Zimmer admitted that it would be a challenge given the past iconic themes from John Williams, but concluded “you are allowed to reinvent”.
“It’s a hard one,” mused Zimmer, “but I followed one of the most iconic things on ‘Batman’ with Chris as well, and it’s the same thing. You are allowed to reinvent, but you have to try to be as good or at least as iconic and it has to resonate and it has to become a part of the zeitgeist. That’s the job. On ‘Gladiator’ I remember people always talking about ‘Spartacus’ and I kept telling them, ‘When you saw “Spartacus” and how it affected it you, that’s how I want a modern audience to be affected by what we do now.’ So I think ultimately you’re supposed to reinvent.”
Zimmer has tackled everything from Pirates to Sherlock Holmes, and Inception to Kung Fu Panda. There’s no genre he can’t write music for, so I look forward to seeing what he can do with Superman.
In related news, HitFix recently spoke to producer (and Christopher Nolan’s wife) Emma Thomas who mentioned that Zack Snyder is now in control of Superman. With Nolan readying The Dark Knight Rises for filming next year he will stick around until Superman has an “appropriate screenplay”, but will then leave Snyder to it.
And she made it clear that in the case of “Superman,” Nolan and David Goyer just had an idea they couldn’t believe wasn’t being explored by Warner Bros. And with Zack Snyder now on board as director, Nolan will be busy making “The Dark Knight Rises” and “we are handing it off to him.” So, take note anyone out there thinking this will be a strange Nolan/Snyder partnership. Thomas reiterated that they brought it to an appropriate screenplay and it’s now Snyder’s picture.
The Dark Knight Rises will be released July 2012, which will be followed by the Superman reboot in December. Zimmer will be having a superhero-filled year in 2012.