Hans Zimmer confirmed that he would score Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, when he revealed that he’d be spending some time in Detroit to work on it with director Zack Snyder. But Zimmer always seemed hesitant when talking about it in interviews. He just wrote Batman music for three Christopher Nolan movies, and now he had to come up with something completely new.
In a new interview with Comic Book Resources, Zimmer explains the compromise he came up with. He’ll score Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but he’s bringing in his friend Junkie XL to work on Batman’s music.
Next, you’re doing another superhero film, ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’, featuring the Superman you’ve scored before for ‘Man of Steel’, and also a character that you’ve approached before in a different cinematic context, Batman. Are you doing a different take on Batman, or drawing from your established theme, or something else?
You know something? I have agonized over it. I agonized over it, so much so that finally, I went, I don’t want to betray what Chris [Nolan], James Newton Howard and I did. And so I asked Zack [Snyder] if it would be OK if I called a friend in. And I’m going to be working with Junkie XL, who really is a great friend. He just finished the Mad Max score. I said to him, “You take care of Batman. I’ll do the other guy.” And Zack loved that idea. It’s a way out.
Listen to Junkie XL’s bonus track remix “Bombers Over Ibiza”, from the deluxe edition of the The Dark Knight Rises soundtrack.
Here are some songs that Junkie XL and Hans Zimmer collaborated on for Man of Steel:
What do you think about Zimmer’s approach to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice? Is this the best of both worlds, or would you have preferred to see him take another crack at Batman? Let me know in the comments below.