11:00am PT by Graeme McMillan
Composer Hans Zimmer Says He Has "Retired" From Superhero Movies
Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice might have been the first superhero movie for Gal Gadot — and the first appearance as Batman for Ben Affleck — but it was also the final superhero outing for composer Hans Zimmer, who has admitted that the pic was "very hard" to work on.
"I have officially retired from the superhero business," Zimmer revealed Wednesday during an appearance on BBC HARDtalk. The reason, he suggested, was simply that he'd worked on too many capes-and-tights movies.
"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, then I did [Man of Steel], then I did this one," he said, referring to his work on Batman v. Superman.
Working on Warner Bros.' current super-slugfest was, Zimmer said, "very hard for me to do, to try to find new language … to say something [fresh]."
What made it workable, he added, was the chance to collaborate with Tom Holkenborg (better known as Junkie XL) on the score.
Zimmer took pains to say that his own exhaustion with the genre shouldn't reflect a greater trend with audiences.
With Justice League, Wonder Woman and Suicide Squad all due from Warners alone in the next two years, that's probably a good thing.