Batman v Superman composer Hans Zimmer: 'I’ve officially retired from the superhero business'

The composer of Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Man of Steel and Batman v Superman has had enough of tortured men in capes.

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Oscar-winning film composer Hans Zimmer is totally over superhero movies. In an interview with HARDTalk, below, he revealed that Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, his fifth superhero score in 12 years, was very difficult.

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"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," said Zimmer. "Then I did Superman [Man of Steel ], then I did this one.

"I might as well say it: I have officially retired from the superhero business. It’s just me. This one was very hard for me to do, to try and find a new language."

Zimmer, whose blockbuster scores include Interstellar , The Lion King , Gladiator and Inception , has previously spoken fondly about his time working on the Batman franchise. 

In an ‘Ask Me Anything’ interview with Reddit in 2013, Zimmer, said that the third Christopher Nolan-directed Batman film, The Dark Knight Rises , was his favourite to work on "because it brought everything together - after all, it was nine years of our lives, and I think we became a very good family in that time. It was hard to say goodbye to that character".

Zimmer, who is estimated to be worth $90m, also revealed that money is not a motivating factor in his choice of projects. "I really truly believe in my heart nobody can write for money,” he said. 

"You’ve got to be inspired - and money is not very inspiring. Fear is; fear of a deadline."


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