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. (more…)
The Man of Steel Live Fan Event just wrapped up over on Yahoo, a Q & A session promoting the films DVD/Blu-ray release next Tuesday. Obviously the lion’s share of the 60 plus minutes was spent talking about that movie, however rumor had it that we would see some new information on its still untitled sequel. So what did we we learn? (more…)
The rumor mill concerning future Spider-Man films has included the possibility that the franchise is building up to a face off between everyone’s favorite Wall-Crawler and the super-villain team-up of the Sinister Six. But for the upcoming Amazing Spider-Man 2 it sounds like there maybe another kind of super team-up that producers are looking at, a musical super-team! (more…)
It’s like peanut butter and chocolate, no matter how you combine the two, it’s going to be magical. Who better to score a movie that combines Superman and Batman, than the man who successfully scored both in their individual movies, but has anyone bothered to ask Hans Zimmer yet? (more…)
Composer Hans Zimmer‘s musical scores for Christopher Nolan‘s The Dark Knight trilogy and Zack Snyder‘s Man of Steel are incredible musical pieces that helped take those movies to the next level of critical and fan acclaim. If one were to replace that music with something else, the movie’s tone just wouldn’t be the same.
The question isn’t, will he be back, but how will he take the two and merge them now that the sequel has added Batman to the mix?
This is really complicated for me. Because we all went, ‘Okay, we’re done with Batman,’ and now it’s sort of getting smuggled back in. I’ll have to have a think about that one. I might give you a new Batman if I do it.
When asked about the casting of Ben Affleck, Zimmer had this to say:
I actually think it’s a really good choice, because #1 he’s a great filmmaker. He’s smart. He wouldn’t have taken it if he had set himself up for a fall. And, you know, he’s a bit older these days and that’s what we need, and he’s got a good chin.
Take a look at the video interview below with Red Carpet News. If anyone can come up with score to handle two huge characters in one movie, Zimmer is the composer to do it.
David Goyer is handling the scripting chores with the help of Snyder. Henry Cavill is back as Superman with Ben Affleck donning the caped crusader’s cowl as Batman. Also returning in their prior roles in Man of Steel are Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane. With the Bryan Cranston as Lex Luthor rumor debunked, who might play that iconic villain?
Production begins in February of 2014 and Superman Versus Batman will hit theater screens on July 17th, 2015.
Zack Snyder‘s Man of Steel has a new featurette out that aims to answer all those nagging fan-boy and girl questions about possible changes and additions to the Superman mythos. Take a look below and then check out what Snyder has to say about more Superman movies and the much desired Justice League movie.
Many fans and Internet pundits are banking on Man of Steel blowing away the competition at the box office and quickly leading to a Justice League movie. Snyder has this to say about the possibility of taking the Justice League director’s chair:
Look … completely hypothetically, I feel like you need to get Superman a little further down the road, I think, before you can do a Justice League movie.
When you take that along with this answer from Man of Steel composer Hans Zimmer, when asked if he’d be working with Snyder again in the future:
I just had a conversation recently with Zack where I was trying to look at my life in the future. He was going, ‘Well, we want to go and do this and we want to go and [do this]‘. I was thinking, ‘Oh my god. Here we go again.’
I have to agree with Snyder, it’s too soon for a Justice League movie, now a World’s Finest movie featuring Superman and Batman. . . that would be an excellent movie to fill the gap between Man of Steel and a Justice League movie.
Now we’re getting to some Easter Egg spoiler territory. Consider yourself warned if you continue reading.
Last chance to turn back . . .
When asked about Easter Eggs in Man of Steel, Snyder confirmed that Zod does indeed destroy a Wayne Enterprises Satellite when approaching Earth. He went on to mention the existence of another company logo in the film, LexCorp.
“Everything is interesting at this point, and don’t forget that Lex is out there, doing who knows what…”
Does this mean Lex might be making an appearance in Man of Steel 2? I for one was quite happy that Lex wouldn’t play a major part in Man of Steel, Lex doesn’t have to be in EVERY Superman movie.
I know a lot of people are hopelessly beholden to the John Williams Superman theme from 1978, so much so that it prevents them from seeing the score being produced by Hans Zimmer for the upcoming Man of Steelwith anything less than contempt. Understandable, the Williams score has been the “voice” of Superman for more than a generation, but a) Can’t we give Zimmer a chance? and b) Wasn’t Bryan Singer being overly respectful of the ’78 movie one of the prime sources of nerd rage in regards to Superman Returns?
Come on, even you have to admit it sounds good. Unless I’m mistaken, this is the isolated score from the most recent Man of Steel trailer. It reminds me very much of Michael Giacchino’s score for J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek, it’s both a bold departure, yet somehow thematically faithful to the music used in previousmovies. And with all the drums, I couldn’t help but think of Bear McCreary’s score for Battlestar Galactica, another case where an upstart composer had to follow-up a classic John Williams theme and create something sonically new. From my point of view, it’s another reason to get excited about Man of Steel, now a little over one month away from release.
You can pre-order the album now before its June 11th release.
What do you Bastards think of the new sound of Superman?
With all the visuals going into Warner Bros. Man of Steelyou would almost forget that it’s filled with very talented actors. One actor in particular, leading man Henry Cavill, has been receiving a sea of praise as the new Superman, but did you know he almost missed his chance thanks to World of Warcraft?
Welcome to the next exciting chapter in All Things Dark Knight! Ok, so maybe it’s the first chapter, but it’s still exciting none-the-less. In the following paragraphs you shall experience the joy and misery of latest developments on the Batman front. Prepare yourselves, gentle readers, to have your mind blown (or at least learn something new).
First up, a very informative interview with the composer of the amazing score for The Dark Knight Rises (as well as the first two of Nolan’s franchise), Hans Zimmer. He and the supervising sound editor, Richard King talk about the many creative brainstorms that went into making TheDark Knight Rises more than just a trail of dialogue and visual effects.
Pretty freakin’ cool, especially if you happen to be a sound nerd. The next portion of the round-up isn’t so cool, however, so brace yourselves for a few words of criticism about The Dark Knight Rises from former 1960s Catwoman, Julie Newmar.
In a recent interview with Yahoo’s The Yo Show (seriously guys? you couldn’t think of a better name than that?) Newmar voiced her opinions about Nolan’s franchise. You can witness her interview by clicking on that arrow-thingy below.
And now, a look into a bit of The Dark Knight Rises’technology (after the bump).
People are still talking about the tragic events that transpired this past weekend, where suspect James Holmes walked into a midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, Colorado and fired upon the crowd. The resulting tragedy unfortunatly left 12 dead, 59 injured and scarred a nation in a way that it may never quite heal from.
Nearly seventy-two hours removed from the initial shock and dismay everyone and their grandmother has voiced their opinion, including American President Barack Obama. Warner Bros., the studio behind The Dark Knight Rises has already issued a statement, but now Dark Knight director and co-writer Christopher Nolan has released the following statement over the Colorado theater shooting:
“Speaking on behalf of the cast and crew of The Dark Knight Rises, I would like to express our profound sorrow at the senseless tragedy that has befallen the entire Aurora community.
I would not presume to know anything about the victims of the shooting but that they were there last night to watch a movie. I believe movies are one of the great American art forms and the shared experience of watching a story unfold on screen is an important and joyful pastime.
The movie theatre is my home, and the idea that someone would violate that innocent and hopeful place in such an unbearably savage way is devastating to me.
Nothing any of us can say could ever adequately express our feelings for the innocent victims of this appalling crime, but our thoughts are with them and their families.”
In an interview with Rolling Stone.com this past Friday in Paris, where the now cancelled Dark Knight premier was to be held, composer Hans Zimmer said:
“We’re all devastated by what’s happened. When we set up this interview, we didn’t know that things would change. I was going to send a note to Chris (Nolan)… but I didn’t have the words. Suddenly, words become meaningless because it’s so beyond anything. Devastated, I suppose, is the word. “It’s just sad.
Here we are, we were trying to celebrate this movie and celebrating that we’d finished it and then this happened.
I just feel so incredibly sad for these people”.
Over at Entertainment Weekly stars Anne Hathaway, Christian Bale also voiced their sympathies over those lost this past weekend.
“My heart aches and breaks for the lives taken and altered by this unfathomably senseless act. I am at a loss for words how to express my sorrow. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families.”
“Words cannot express the horror that I feel. I cannot begin to truly understand the pain and grief of the victims and their loved ones, but my heart goes out to them.”
UPDATE: A slew of comic book professionals and heavyweights have spoken up as well. Here’s a look at some of their comments courtesy of Comic Book Movie.
From Brad Meltzer:
“‘No Guns, No Killing.’ That line bears repeating,” quoting a line from a scene in The Dark Knight Rises.
Jonah Weiland, the creator of Comic Book Resources:
“Anybody drawing assumptions between the actions of this man and things they’ve read in a comic book or a movie is just plain wrong.”
“If you really look at who Batman is and what he stands for, he doesn’t stand for what this guy did.”
Neil Gaiman also chimed in, telling the Washington Post that the incident was a “huge and appalling tragedy”. You can check out a few more thoughts on Aurora from others in the comic industry by reading the Washington Post blog‘s roundup from twitter.
We here at Nerd Bastards continue to offer our sincerest condolences to the friends and family of those involved.