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Hans Zimmer Talks Scoring Man Of Steel
'It was daunting...'

05 April 2013  |  Written by James White  |  Source: CNN

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Given his close working relationship on the Batman trilogy and beyond with Chris Nolan, it likely seemed obvious to everyone who isn’t Hans Zimmer that he’d be the natural composer to score the Nolan-produced, Zack Snyder-directed Superman pic Man Of Steel. But Zimmer, talking to CNN about taking on the project, didn’t see it that way.

"A journalist asked me at an Inception party if I was going to do Superman, and I hadn't even heard of it, so I went, 'Absolutely no way,'" Zimmer says. "Somehow in the noise of that party, that got misconstrued as 'Absolutely Hans is doing it.' It was all over the Internet that I was doing Superman, and I'd never even met Zack! So I phoned him up, 'I'm really sorry, this wasn't my doing, this is a misunderstanding.' And he said, 'Oh! It's great that you phoned. Maybe we should meet and talk.'"

The two clicked and the collaboration has been going on ever since, with Zimmer confronting his biggest issue: tackling a character whose music is – cinematically at least – tightly linked with John Williams’ fanfares and themes for the Christopher Reeve era. "Look, that was daunting," Zimmer confesses. "Seriously. He's the greatest film composer out there, without a doubt, and it happens to be one of his iconic pieces of music, so I spent three months just procrastinating and not even getting a start on the thing, because I was so intimidated: 'Oh my God, I'm following in John Williams' footsteps.'"

His way of finding a path around that? Focus on what Man Of Steel is saying about Superman. "I kept thinking of the story as, What if you are extraordinary, and your entire ambition is to join humanity? To become human? What does it mean to become human? What does it mean to be an outsider who really wants to join the human race?"

He also appreciated the apparent tone of Man Of Steel, something that everyone else still seems so unwilling to broach lest it spoil anything. "Everything's tinged with irony and sarcasm and bitterness and darkness these days," he said. But this Superman is something lighter, he said, "celebrating everything that was good and fine about America," such as small towns "where people don't lock their doors, neighbours get together, and families are families."

For more from Zimmer, head to CNN’s interview. If you’re a fan of the man, you’ll definitely also want to keep an eye on Empire...


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my preference
personally...i always say: if it ain't broke, DO NOT fix it. and super hero movie score wise, i think the original theme score for superman (john williams), batman (danny elfman) and spider-man (again, danny elfman) WORK perfectly. so, it's just too bad they gotta REBOOT them as well. More

Posted by Avengers12 at 11:02 on 23 April 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Hans Zimmer Talks Scoring Man Of Steel
Empire, does the last sentence of this article mean we're going to get a big Zimmer interview in next issue? If so: AMAZING! More

Posted by dseys at 18:06 on 08 April 2013 | Report This Post

RE: NOT AGAIN!?!?
L: andersdmoney Hans Zimmer is an awful choice. ft to his own devices, he is unable to let a soundtrack breathe.rk Knight Rises had very few moments of dialogue ed by his incessant scoreout someone like James Newton Howard to temper his bombastic sensibilities, and find some punctuation in the mix, his shortcomings are very clear. ou just seem to forget WHO decides how a score sounds: the director. If the director wants less music, more silent, he just says it and gets the music remo More

Posted by dseys at 17:01 on 08 April 2013 | Report This Post

FLASHMAN
I realize that Hans Zimmer has advanced from writing the title music for the dreadful Euro-Quiz 'Going for Gold', that he has a long, prolific, distuinguished career and finally that the magnificent Williams score makes any film a slave to the past, but, frankly, the main problem is that they should have waited a long-long time before making another Superman film; the shadow of Christopher Reeves is just too long & lingering..................... More

Posted by Frank Comiskey at 10:53 on 08 April 2013 | Report This Post

Zimmer deserves credit
He is a thinking man. The work he did on Dark Knight, and the level of commitment he undertook to unlock the Joker musically would have driven lesser men insane. Nolan said that he sent hours and hours of samples for his reaction whils Zimmer was putting his ideas together, and they were all totally messed up. This movie will have a different tone to Batman. Supes is more noble, a beacon. This score should echo that. More

Posted by danielthompson99 at 17:34 on 06 April 2013 | Report This Post

NOT AGAIN!?!?
Hans Zimmer is an awful choice. When left to his own devices, he is unable to let a soundtrack breathe. The Dark Knight Rises had very few moments of dialogue untouched by his incessant score. Without someone like James Newton Howard to temper his bombastic sensibilities, and find some punctuation in the mix, his shortcomings are very clear. More

Posted by andersdmoney at 16:10 on 06 April 2013 | Report This Post

Have Faith
zimmer's bat music has made me forget elfman's bat scores so i think hans could be the one to top williams' iconic theme. More

Posted by spark1 at 12:24 on 06 April 2013 | Report This Post

I'm pretty sure the score will turn out good
It's always exciting to do a challenge. My hope for Hans Zimmer's score for MAN OF STEEL is that it will be different compared to the music that John Williams wrote for the first SUPERMAN movie and the scores of the DARK KNIGHT movies. It should be a bit dark but with a strong sense of hope, since Superman is more lighter than Batman. More

Posted by bb at 20:22 on 05 April 2013 | Report This Post

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