After his critically acclaimed work on both The Dark Knight Trilogy and Man of Steel, Hans Zimmer is set to reprise his scoring duties for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Since his prior work on Batman was an entirely different incarnation from this movies’, there has been concern with whether or not Zimmer can successfully compose a new theme for Batfleck. The composer himself has discussed this challenge before. Now, however, Zimmer is recruiting a friend to help him out with scoring this film.
Speaking with Spinoff Online, Zimmer revealed that, after much “agonizing” over trying to create a new Batman theme, he has asked past collaborator Junkie XL to tackle the Batman portions of Dawn of Justice while Zimmer works on the Superman pieces. “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, 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.” Junkie previously scored the Snyder-produced 300: Rise of an Empire, while he has worked with Zimmer on bonus tracks for The Dark Knight Rises and Man of Steel soundtracks.
This is a wise move, as it allows Zimmer to put more focus on the Superman score he previously excelled at while another composer delivers a fresh new Batman theme. It is also a decision that fans suggested in the past, considering Zimmer co-scoring Batman Begins and The Dark Knight with James Newton Howard. Stay tuned for more news as we have it.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is scheduled to hit theaters March 25th, 2016. The second installment in the DC Cinematic Universe stars Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Amy Adams, Gal Gadot, Jesse Eisenberg, Callan Mulvey, Tao Okamoto, Holly Hunter, Jeremy Irons, Diane Lane and Laurence Fishburne. Zack Snyder directs from a script by Chris Terrio and David S. Goyer.