It’s going on 12 months since Hans Zimmer formally announced his retirement from the superhero genre – a decision made in the aftermath of his contribution to Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice – but it seems the German composer has left the door open for a possible return.
Chatting to The West Australian (via Batman-News), Zimmer touched base on his time spent in the genre of costumed heroes, which also spans Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel and The Dark Knight trilogy, before noting that he’d consider another superhero gig providing “somebody comes along with a great idea.”
“It’s true,” Zimmer said of his retirement from superhero films, before adding, “until somebody comes along with a great idea. “How many people have to go write two Batman themes in their lifetime? I needed a break from it. And I needed to categorically say ‘I need a break’.”
A composer of Zimmer’s stature would surely be a great asset to any future superhero movie, regardless of whether they’re based in the DCEU or Marvel Cinematic Universe. There’s always the possibility that Ben Affleck’s solo Batman movie will leave the door open for Hans Zimmer, but given the artist has already composed two Batman themes, we’re inclined to believe he’s all but finished with the Caped Crusader.
Beyond the superhero genre, Zimmer’s other credits include The Lion King, Inception, Gladiator, Pirates of the Caribbean and the second season of the BBC’s Planet Earth series. Now at 59 years young, he’s also helped school a handful of budding composers through the years, most notably John Powell (Universal’s Bourne series), Harry Gregson-Williams (Metal Gear Solid, The Martian) and Lorne Balfe (Terminator Genisys).
Following his work on Dawn of Justice, Hans Zimmer has set sights on Christopher Nolan’s WWII epic Dunkirk. It’ll march into theaters on July 21, 2017.