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Hans Zimmer Is The New 'Superman' Composer


Superman is set to fly again in just a few short months under the supervision of director Zack Snyder, the Man of Steel's return to the big screen comes at the expense of old friend John Williams.

The Academy Award winning composer's iconic "Superman" theme will not be featured in the forthcoming reboot, reports Thompson on Hollywood. The outlet spoke with "The Dark Knight" composer Hans Zimmer at a recent "Inception" DVD/Blu-ray release party, and Zimmer confirmed that he'll be taking on the new "Superman" movie's musical responsibilities.

Zimmer said that his work on "Superman" will only come after he's completed scoring on "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides," "Sherlock Holmes 2" and "Kung Fu Panda: The Kaboom of Doom."

Earlier in the week, Zimmer spoke with NBC San Diego about the challenges of tackling a franchise that already has a memorable score, such as "Superman."

“It's a hard one,” said Zimmer, “but I followed one of the most iconic things on 'Batman' with [Christopher Nolan] as well, and it's the same thing. You are allowed to reinvent, but you have to try to be as good or at least as iconic and it has to resonate and it has to become a part of the zeitgeist. That's the job. On 'Gladiator' I remember people always talking about 'Spartacus' and I kept telling them, 'When you saw "Spartacus" and how it affected it you, that's how I want a modern audience to be affected by what we do now.' So I think ultimately you're supposed to reinvent.”


EXCLUSIVE: Hans Zimmer Scoring 'Superman'? Not So Fast.

As expected with information on the Internet, it travels fast and can get miscontrued. Last week word spread faster than a speeding bullet that Hans Zimmer was going to be doing the music for the new Superman movie, being directed by Zack Snyder. ("Hans Zimmer to replace iconic Superman score,” said Entertainment Weekly.)

Part of the fuel comes from the fact that Christopher Nolan, for whom Zimmer did the music for Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and Inception, is producing the new movie.

He is expected to reteam with Nolan for The Dark Knight Rises, as the third movie is titled, but as for Superman, Zimmer says the rumours aren't true (at least not yet), and they have been allowed to bounce around the Internet because his long time publicist Ronni Chasen was murdered three weeks ago.

We’ll let Zimmer speak his mind to THR’s Kevin Cassidy.

THR: The internet is buzzing with rumors that you’ve signed on to Zack Snyder’s Superman project. Any truth to that?
Hans Zimmer: You know, it’s like some dirty quote taken out of context. Let’s just be absolutely straight here: I have never in my life met Zack Snyder. I think I need to give him a ring. But here’s the thing: No Ronni [Chasen]. Suddenly all sorts of stuff starts flowing around with no warning.
THR: So if Ronni was still around this probably wouldn’t be happening?
Zimmer: No! Absolutely not! You know, I can’t even remember ever talking about Superman. It's a little bit, you know, it’s a little bit like "guilty by association" isn’t it?
THR: Because of Batman?
Zimmer: I met Chris Nolan once and he knows Zack Snyder and therefore I’m doing Superman. You know that’s all it is.
THR: It may stem from the fact a lot of people would like to see you take that project. Based on the Batman films.
Zimmer: How can I say it: My heart belongs to Batman. I wouldn’t even know how to go and give voice to it. I haven’t thought about it.
THR: Not to mention following in the footsteps of John Williams.
Zimmer: Right! John Williams, the greatest living composer -- full stop. And that happens to be one of his greatest themes. So no. And I’m not thinking of rewriting Beethoven’s ninth either. It just sounds like a thankless task, you know? So that’s unequivocally a no. I have never spoken with Zack Snyder.

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