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

1 April 2016, 11:07 | Updated: 4 April 2016, 10:14

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.

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."