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The 20 Soundtracks That Defined The 2000s
The sounds of a dark knight, a mischievous Parisian, a troubled family and one flying house

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The Dark Knight - Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard (2008)


The Dark Knight
Composers: Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard
No-one has done more to define what a modern blockbuster should sound like than Hans Zimmer. On Batman Begins, he and Christopher Nolan opted for something grungier, something darker to carry the Caped Crusader through their new Gotham. By the time The Dark Knight arrived their sound was a perfect match for the scarred cityscape and Bruce Wayne’s growing strife. “I’ve spent longer hours on these more organic Batman scores, making new sounds and building instruments,” Zimmer told Empire before The Dark Knight Rises arrived. “I wanted the music to seep out of Wally (Pfister)’s cinematography.” Thanks to Zimmer, we’re now only ever an unexpected “BLAAAARRRM!” away from leaping out of our skin.

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