When it comes to scoring superhero films there is one name that has stood out above others. Dark Knight composer Hans Zimmer needs no introduction. In an interview with Inverse to promote his new online Masterclass, Hanz Zimmer explained why he will no longer score superhero movies, especially Ben Affleck’s Batman films.
Zimmer has a lot of fond memories from Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy, however, he had a very different experience with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. It seems it “did [his] brain in.” It seemed the award-winning composer was so fond of Christian Bale’s Batman that he struggled to take to Ben Affleck’s. “It felt like I was betraying everything Christian had done. So there’s a certain amount of loyalty attached to those movies, as well,” said the composer.
“I spent months trying to come up with something for Ben. The Batman that I know and the one I learned is the one that Christian did, and Ben plays it differently. And I can’t quite shake that off. For me, the Christian Bale character was always completely unresolved. It was always about that moment at the beginning of the first movie, where he sees his parents getting killed. It was basically arrested development. The Ben character is more middle-aged, he seems to be grumpy as hell but I didn’t feel the pain that I felt in Christian’s performance. And it was that pain that made be interested.”
Well, there you have it. Hans Zimmer will be scoring Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk, but will, unfortunately, never score a superhero film again, especially Ben Affleck’s Batman.