For the last decade, Hans Zimmer has been the go-to man for superhero movie music, penning the soundtracks for Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy and Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel. However, in a new interview with BBC HARDtalk, the Oscar-winning composer revealed that his latest superhero soundtrack, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, will also be his last.
In a question about the shelf life of superhero movies, Zimmer relayed his own experiences. He explained to host Stephen Sackur, “I did Batman Begins with [Christopher Nolan] 12 years ago, so The Dark Knight Trilogy might be three movies to you, to me it was 11 years of my life. Then I did Superman, then I did this one,”
Zimmer went on to note that despite having a collaborator in Junkie XL, the soundtrack for Batman v Superman was “very hard for me to do, to try to find new language.” As such, Zimmer said, “I have officially retired from the superhero business” going forward.
Even without superhero movies, Zimmer has a busy docket of upcoming projects, as he’s attached to score Ron Howard’s Inferno and Nolan’s Dunkirk. He also collaborated with Rupert Gregson-Williams on the forthcoming Legends of Tarzan.
Below, revisit our recent interview with Zimmer and Junkie XL about the making of the Batman v Superman soundtrack: