Why Hans Zimmer Ditched The Superhero Genre

Film composer Hans Zimmer is responsible for many high profile film scores including Chris Nolan’s “Dark Knight” trilogy and Zack Snyder’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

In recent months he’s made it clear he’s done with working on films in the superhero genre. In a new interview with CBM, he revealed he struggled to move on to another Dark Knight after spending so much time composing for Christian Bale’s version:

“It just did my brain in to have written Christian Bale as Batman, and suddenly it’s Ben Affleck. And it felt like I was betraying everything Christian had done. So there’s a certain amount of loyalty attached to those movies, as well…

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.”

Zimmer’s upcoming work includes Chris Nolan’s “Dunkirk” and DreamWorks Animation’s “The Boss Baby “.