You might not recognize the name, but you’ll definitely recognize his music. Hans Zimmer has without question become one of the greatest film composers ever. My first impression of the artist came during the 90’s where Zimmer began making a name for himself in Hollywood. Scores from films like The Rock, Gladiator, and The Lion King have become classics not just for their film making, but the music that complements it.
In the last decade, Zimmer has become well-known for his iconic work in the comic book genre. Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy is for many comic book fans, their favorite soundtracks. For all of its polarizing opinions among critics, Man of Steel features one of Zimmer’s most underrated scores.
Batman v Superman is currently in theaters, and part of the film’s entire setup of the DC universe includes many of Zimmer’s lastest efforts. In partnering with Junkie XL, the two helped compose music that includes brand new themes for each Justice League member (some of which not included in the film), along with a few other memorables like Lex Luthor’s theme titled “The Red Capes Are Coming“. The task is no doubt daunting for Zimmer, who’s been around since Nolan first came aboard. So much that Zimmer has officially come out and announced he’s stepping away from the superhero genre.
“I have officially retired from the superhero business … I did Batman Begins with Chris 12 years ago, so the Dark Knight trilogy might be three movies to you, to me it was 11 years of my life,” he said in part. “This one was very hard for me to do, to try to find new language.”
While Zimmer’s retirement from a genre he’s been so successful in is unfortunate, the man has also done legendary work elsewhere. I honestly am not upset or sadden, because Zimmer has done his part for comic book movies, and the DC universe is even better thanks to him.
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