Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard: Batman Begins

Hans Zimmer, James Newton Howard and more are all condensed into one amazing sound for the Batman Begins soundtrack.

Who do you turn to to soundtrack the return of one of the greatest comic book characters of all time? As it happened, the music from Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins (the beginning of his epic Dark Knight trilogy) was the product of several composers' input, with Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard at the helm and contributions from Ramin Djawadi and Mel Wesson. It'd be tempting to think that it would be confusing mix of styles, but you couldn't be further from the truth.

Somehow marshalling all these different composers' efforts into one soundtrack, the result was one of the most unifying and iconic soundtracks of the decade. With a beefed-up cello section in tow, the sound is full of tension and foreboding, perfect for Christopher Nolan's dark, new vision of the most iconic of superheroes.

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