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The internet is an amazing invention, but never in history has there been a better tool for spreading false information. Last week, a news story broke that famed composer Hans Zimmer would be working on the score for the next Superman movie, which will be Godfathered by frequent collaborator Christopher Nolan. The story came from Thompson on Hollywood, where one of their reporters met Zimmer at a party for the DVD release of Inception. In the story, the writer casually dropped the line "then he’ll work on Nolan’s new Superman chapter." Turns out that the whole thing was quite specious.
"I wouldn’t even know how to go and give voice to it. I haven’t thought about it" - that's a quote from Zimmer about the next Superman film pulled from an interview with THR. According to the composer, he is the victim of an out-of-context quote that has attached him to project he has no dealings with. Continuing, Zimmer thinks that the whole situation was assumed to be true because of his connections with Nolan, but the truth is that he's never met Snyder (though he says that he "need[s] to give him a ring"). Then there's the whole matter of dealing with John Williams' iconic theme from the Richard Donner movies:
"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."
So now this leaves a simple question: what will Snyder and Nolan do for their score? Zimmer doesn't seem too thrilled about the idea of tackling the project and seems more than happy to just stick with the Batman movies ("My heart belongs to Batman"). Do they just reuse Williams' score a la Bryan Singer's Superman Returns? It's certainly a development to keep an eye on.