Hans Zimmer Describes His Big, Crazy Orchestra For The Dark Knight Rises

As little as we know at this point about The Dark Knight Rises, there's one part of the film that we don't just know a lot about, but actually helped make. That would be Hans Zimmer's score, which experimented in a little bit of crowdsourcing when he opened up a website for people to submit themselves chanting, adding layers of audio that would be included in the final mix of the score for The Dark Knight Rises. You can hear the chanting in the newest trailer for the film, in which the chants appear to be coming from Bane's supporters-- not that much of a stretch for the Batman fans who participated, since they'd probably be happy to follow Bane in real life too.

Zimmer, of course, still isn't revealing any secrets about the movie itself, but in an interview with The Los Angeles Times he talked about his process of building the score, how he convinced Warner Bros. to let him book the "biggest, craziest orchestra for two days" and that the score for The Dark Knight Rises is "very, very radical, very different stuff." He also offered a defense of Nolan's secretive production process, arguing that a private production process allows more creativity-- and that the surprises they have in store are the whole point of movies anyway:

"Isn’t that what we’re supposed to do? We’re supposed to go and surprise you. And part of the experience has to be a surprise. It feels a little bit like we’re working very hard at protecting part of what is great about movies — the surprise. Because it seems like the world doesn’t want you to do that anymore. They want to know everything, they want to know about the stars and [this and that] immediately. And it’s not important to us. To us, really, the thing is the writing and the script and the ideas and the journey, and making it into something really good.”

Hearing Zimmer talk like that it's no reason he and Nolan are so simpatico-- they're both willing to go to great lengths to do their work in private, and defend themselves even in the face of hordes of people on the Internet-- ourselves included!-- who are dying for more detail. If that's what you're looking for, though, this interview might be good news. Does this timing indicate we're about to see something new from The Dark Knight Rises, or some kind of new online game? With the release date of July 20 coming soon, it's probably time for us to start seeing more info on the movie-- whether Hans Zimmer and Christopher Nolan want us to or not.

Katey Rich

Staff Writer at CinemaBlend