What will it sound like as Ben Affleck punches Henry Cavill in Zack Snyder’s upcoming Batman-Superman team-up/face-off movie? Don’t ask Hans Zimmer, as the composer hasn’t been asked to contribute to Snyder’s Man of Steel sequel … yet.
Vulture ran a few quotes from an upcoming Zimmer profile they plan to run later this year. He tells the site that we shouldn’t automatically assume Zimmer will plug right into this universe just because he contributed the score for Man of Steel and also laid the audio bed for Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy. In fact, it’s that past work that might steer Zimmer away from the Man of Steel sequel, as the composer has little interest in repeating himself.
Quite seriously, the thought right now is that no, I don't want to go and take what I did with Chris [Nolan] and just plonk it into another movie. There isn't one good reason to do it, and there are so many good reasons not to do it,” Zimmer said, before elaborating on why sequels turn him off at the moment. "I didn't really enjoy myself much on Pirates 4. And I love that with The Dark Knight Rises, Chris said, 'That's it.'”
But Snyder’s Man of Steel movie is ramping up, as you know. The sequel will shoot outdoor scenes in a football stadium this weekend. This has to mean that a finished script is in place, if Snyder’s hammering away at scenes, no? And that would mean vital contributors like Zimmer will need to start brainstorming on facets they’ll want to contribute to the movie, if it’s going to be a hit.
Zimmer’s comments to Vulture mirror sentiments he expressed just the other day about needing to sit down with Snyder and get everyone on the same page. Still, he at least confirms that when it comes to the Batman-Superman movie, he hasn’t even been asked to score yet:
Zack hasn't talked to me about it, so I don't have to worry about it! I'll worry about it when I have to worry about it, and then, if I'm lucky, I'll have an idea. If I have an idea, I can do something with that, but if I don't have an idea, then my good idea is going to be, 'Get somebody else.'"Right, but whom? When it comes to the DC Cinematic Universe, Zimmer has been the go-to composer … and while there are talented musicians who could step up, I think Snyder’s film would suffer if it didn’t have inspiration beats like these in the mix. Do you agree?