One of the big hesitations that “Man of Steel” composer Hans Zimmer had regarding returning for the upcoming sequel “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” is that he’s already been down this road before. Specifically he didn’t want to create new Batman music after all his work on the scores for Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy.
Appearing at the premiere of “Interstellar” this week, Zimmer revealed to CBR the solution he eventually came up with to solve the problem – he outsourced the work to his friend Tom Holkenborg (aka. Junkie XL):
“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: Fury Road 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 XL has been doing a lot of film score work recently. Along with the upcoming “Mad Max” entry he did the scores for this year’s “Divergent” and “300: Rise of an Empire” along with last year’s “Paranoia”. He also did some additional music work on both “Man of Steel” and “The Dark Knight Rises”.