There have been a number of criticisms about Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice, but nobody’s been talking smack about the huge, operatic score for the film composed by Hans Zimmer with the assistance of Junkie XL. Well, if you liked that music, and looked forward to further collaborations between Zimmer and director Zack Snyder, perhaps with the upcoming Justice League Part One, bad news: Zimmer’s not having any of it. According to the composer, writing the music for superhero movies has been a big part of his life, but now it’s time to look to new and different challenges.
“I have officially retired from the superhero business. This one was very hard for me to do, to try to find new language,” Zimmer told the BBC. “I did Batman Begins with Chris [Nolan] 12 years ago. So the Dark Knight trilogy might be three movies to you, to me, it was 12 years of my life. Then I did ‘Superman,’ then I did this one.”
Zimmer’s superhero credits include Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Man of Steel, and Batman V. Superman, he also wrote the music for The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Six huge superhero movies in 11 years would be a lot of work for anyone, not to mention the wait of expectation. Still, this is not the first drop-out of the DC Movie Universe. Screenwriter Chris Terrio cited exhaustion last week when he announced that he would not be writing Justice League Part Two after completing Justice League Part One.
Still, Zimmer said that his own personal boiling point does not mean we’ve reached peak superhero movies. “I think we still have a few superhero movies left in us,” he said. “[You can] look at these as our modern mythological characters, […] some sort of weird extension of our Greek myths.”
The Batman V. Superman soundtrack is available now on Amazon, iTunes, Spotify and wherever else you buy and listen to music.