Hans Zimmer Not Signed on to Compose the Score for Superman: The Man of Steel (Yet)
12.08.10 by BJSprecher
Despite composer Hans Zimmer apparently telling a blogger for IndieWire at the DVD release party for Inception that composing the score for Zack Snyder's Superman: The Man of Steel was on his list of things to do in 2011 and then discussing how he would approach reinventing the sound for such an iconic character in an interview with NBC San Diego's PopcornBiz, Zimmer is now attempting to distance himself from the project, saying his involvement is nothing more than a "dirty quote taken out of context." Zimmer blamed the proliferation of the rumor on the recent death of his publicist, Ronni Chasen, who he said would have shut down the rumor as soon as it began circulating.
Let’s just be absolutely straight here: I have never in my life met Zack Snyder. I think I need to give him a ring. But here’s the thing: No Ronni [Chasen]. Suddenly all sorts of stuff starts flowing around with no warning.... You know, I can’t even remember ever talking about Superman. It's a little bit, you know, it’s a little bit like "guilty by association" isn’t it? ... I met Chris Nolan once and he knows Zack Snyder and therefore I’m doing Superman. You know that’s all it is.
In addition to composing the score for Inception for Nolan, Zimmer composed the score to Nolan's Batman Begins and The Dark Knight and said that his "heart belongs to Batman." He also said that he "wouldn't even know how to" go about composing the score for a Superman movie and that following in the footsteps of five-time Academy Award-winning composer John Williams, whose score for Richard Donner's Superman has helped to define the character for decades, would not be an enviable task.
John Williams, the greatest living composer — full stop. And that happens to be one of his greatest themes. So no. And I’m not thinking of rewriting Beethoven’s ninth either. It just sounds like a thankless task, you know? So that’s unequivocally a no. I have never spoken with Zack Snyder.
However, it should be pointed out that Zimmer says that he has not spoken to or met Snyder, but that doesn't necessarily preclude his involvement with the movie, since Nolan is producing it and would likely be responsible for hiring the composer. It's entirely possible that his previous statements were misconstrued in some way, but it's also entirely possible that Zimmer is in talks to compose The Man of Steel but that he was asked to put a clamp on further commenting about it. Only time will tell on this one.
Superman: The Man of Steel is in active development at Warner Bros. (WB), with David S. Goyer, co-writer of both Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, penning script from an idea conceived of by Nolan. WB is under deadline to get The Man of Steel into production as soon as possible in order to meet the 2013 release deadline and avoid further legal action from the estates of Superman's creators, Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel.