Hans Zimmer ‘retires’ from superhero soundtracks

Hans Zimmer, one of the biggest names in the world of film soundtracks, has revealed he has “retired” from composing soundtracks to superhero films. 

In an interview with the BBC’s HARDTalk programme, the german-born composer revealed that he had “officially retired from the superhero business.

Talking about Zimmer’s latest score for Batman vs Superman, Zimmer said that the film marked the end of five superhero scores that he’s worked on in collaboration with director Christopher Nolan, following 12 years of scores for The Dark Knight trilogy and Superman: Man of Steel.

“It’s just me,” Zimmer explains, adding that Batman vs Superman “was very hard for me to do, to try to find new language.”

In the same interview, Zimmer also spoke of the poignancy of some of his scores in light of recent – and not so recent – global events, as well as personal influences to some of his best known scores, including 1996’s The Lion King. The composer also said that he did not believe anybody could write music from the heart with money as their sole motivation. “Fear is,” he offered, “Fear of a deadline [is inspiration].”

The interview is available to view on the BBC’s iPlayer in the UK only until the end of March 2017.

Hans Zimmer will embark on a european tour later this month and will play dates at several well-known venues, including the Wembley Arena. For more information, visit his website.