Hans Zimmer has been one of cinemas premiere composers since the 1980s. He has composed the scores for great films like Rain Man, The Lion King, Driving Miss Daisy, Thelma and Louise, Gladiator, Pirates of the Caribbean and many more besides.
However, the German maestro is probably best associated with his work on Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight trilogy and Zach Snyder’s Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. However, Zimmer has claimed that he is now done with the superhero thing. Speaking to the BBC, Zimmer had this to say:
“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. This one [Batman v Superman] was very hard for me to do, to try to find new language”.
So much of what is great about those films is Zimmer’s pounding, orchestral sound. He has left an irremovable mark on the superhero genre and though Batman v Superman may prove to be his last, his influence lives on in the form of his protégé, Henry Jackman, who will be providing the score to Captain America: Civil War.
Zimmer’s work can next be heard in long-time collaborator Christopher Nolan’s new project, Dunkirk, and Ron Howard’s Inferno.