Hans Zimmer Admits He Gave Up on Superhero Movies After Ben Affleck's Batman

Friday, 17 March 2017 - 2:41PM
Comic Book Movies
Batman v Superman
Batman
Friday, 17 March 2017 - 2:41PM
Hans Zimmer Admits He Gave Up on Superhero Movies After Ben Affleck's Batman
Image credit: Warner Bros
Right now, Hans Zimmer is pretty much the biggest bigwig around when it comes to scoring Hollywood movies. If you need iconic music (and you can't afford John Williams), your best bet is to get a bit of Zimmer on your soundtrack, especially if you're aiming to make a superhero movie that rakes in the big bucks.



Sadly, though, Zimmer has announced that he's 'retired' from superhero movies. Having composed enough comic book movie music to fill multiple transatlantic flights, the seasoned composer has decided that he won't be playing this game any more, thank you very much. Zimmer has even gone so far as to point out the specific straw that broke this musical camel's back—apparently, it's Ben Affleck's fault. Speaking about Affleck's new Batman movie, Zimmer said:

Opening quote
"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."
Closing quote


It's a bad sign when Hans Zimmer says that your movie is so devoid of emotional depth that there's not even enough to inspire a soundtrack. Still, it may be the endless sequels, reboots, and remakes that have given Zimmer such a bad case of superhero fatigue. How can he be expected to invent a theme for a new Batman when he only finished with the last Batman a few years ago?

Maybe Zimmer's fatigue is a sign we're hitting a wall when it comes to remaking superhero films. Jordan Vogt-Roberts himself declined the first script for Kong: Skull Island, saying he wasn't interested unless he could take the franchise in a new direction. Even Ben Affleck has gotten fed up with the reaction to his Batman film, saying it's been a "pain in the ass" to constantly field questions about it. Either way, Zimmerman getting out of the game is a huge loss for superhero movies. His successor? Probably Junkie XL.
Science Fiction
Sci-Fi Movies
Comic Book Movies
Batman v Superman
Batman
No