From one great DC hero to another, maestro of Bwaaah, Hans Zimmer looks to trade the depths of Gotham for the heights of Metropolis. That’s right Super-friends, for his next project, Zimmer will be going up, up and away to score Zack Snyder’s Superman film. With his work on the final Nolan Batman in the can (you can listen to samples of it here), Zimmer is free to begin work on the Zack Snyder-directed, Christopher Nolan-produced Superman reboot titled Man of Steel which is slated to soar into theaters about a year from now on June 14th, 2013.
Yet, in the long history of many a failed/unrealized Superman project, as far back as 2010 Zimmer was quoted as having no intention of venturing into the Superman universe, to say nothing of following the legacy of a certain John Williams,
John Williams, the greatest living composer — full stop. And that happens to be one of his greatest themes. So no. And I’m not thinking of rewriting Beethoven’s ninth either. It just sounds like a thankless task, you know? So that’s unequivocally a no.
Likened in a small way to the Spielberg/Williams collaborations, Nolan/Zimmer’s next endeavor will bring their total to five films…and as this sounds like a reversal of his previous stance, Zimmer had a tasty nugget explaining his change of heart,
You are allowed to reinvent, but you have to try to be as good or at least as iconic and it has to resonate and it has to become a part of the zeitgeist. That’s the job. On ‘Gladiator’ I remember people always talking about ‘Spartacus’ and I kept telling them, ‘When you saw ‘Spartacus’ and how it affected it you, that’s how I want a modern audience to be affected by what we do now.’ So I think ultimately you’re supposed to reinvent.
From Scott to Zwick to Nolan, Zimmer has worked with the very best in the business and aside from James Horner, James Newton Howard and probably Michael Giacchino, there is no one capable of lending their wealth of experience and talents to this production…so says me anyway. I’m sure Tyler Bates may feel left out in the cold but anyone with reverence for the project and the legacy, it’s sometimes best to leave a job like this to the big guns, and it’s tough to find a bigger gun than Zimmer. This sounds like fantastic news and we can’t wait to hear what he’s got in store for us. Whatcha think??