While the only casualty at the moment from "Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice" might be the internet, which is wheezing under the weight of thinkpieces about Zack Snyder‘s divisive blockbuster (in fairness, we’ve had a couple of our own), it appears the movie has now claimed its first real victim of sorts: Hans Zimmer. The composer raised eyebrows when, after delivering a trio of great scores for Christopher Nolan‘s "The Dark Knight" trilogy, he signed up for ‘Batman v Superman.’ The word initially was that he’d only work on the Superman-based material, as he did fully on "Man On Steel," but eventually the job became a full-blown collaboration with Junkie XL. But it seems Zimmer has had one superhero movie too many.
Chatting with BBC HARDtalk, the composer made it clear he’s done with heroes in spandex: "I have officially retired from the superhero business."
Zimmer explains that he’s just spent too much time tinkering with music for superhero showdowns, and he’s run out of musical approaches to the material. "I did ‘Batman Begins‘ with Chris [Nolan] 12 years ago, so ‘The Dark Knight’ Trilogy might be three movies to you, to me it was 11 years of my life," he said.
" [‘Batman v Superman’] was very hard for me to do, to try to find new language," he added.
Zimmer’s work with Junkie XL on ‘Batman v Superman’ certainly leans more in the vein of the latter’s noisier, busier approach, which is more fitting with Snyder’s method anyhow. So count out Zimmer as part of the DCU going forward. Thoughts? Let us know below.