Ouch. Hans Zimmer announced last year that he would retire from superhero soundtracks after his work on Batman v Superman. Recently he interviewed with Inverse and detailed why he left superheroes. The reason? Ben Affleck’s Batman. It’s not all bad news, so I’ll let the man speak for himself.
Zimmer spent 12 years of his life working on the Christopher Nolan Dark Knight trilogy, so you can imagine he’s quite attached to them. “It just did my brain in to have written Christian Bale as Batman, and suddenly it’s Ben Affleck. And it felt like I was betraying everything Christian had done.” I can honestly understand Zimmer’s sentiment here. There are many fans out there that are attached to ‘their’ version of their favorite character. Anything different is just a betrayal on the one you love. Or at the very least, the one you spent so much time on is now replaced and it doesn’t feel the same.
So what does Affleck’s performance have to do with it? “I spent months trying to come up with something for Ben. The Batman that I know and the one I learned is the one that Christian did, and Ben plays it differently. And I can’t quite shake that off. For me, the Christian Bale character was always completely unresolved. … The Ben character is more middle-aged; he seems to be grumpy as hell, but I didn’t feel the pain that I felt in Christian’s performance. And it was that pain that made me interested.”
Bale and Affleck are completely different versions of the character. While Bale’s is more somber, Affleck’s is aggressive. He’s like a wild animal in a cage. So for Zimmer to go from a man in pain everyday to an aggressive killer, I’m sure it does a number on you. Hell, I was even taken aback by how much Affleck’s Batman murdered people.
However! There’s some good news here. And we can all thank Ron Howard for that, of all people. Howard advised Zimmer not to say he was retiring from superheroes. Instead he should “wait for somebody to turn up with an amazing script for a superhero movie.” Zimmer then asked if someone could please give him an amazing script. So writers of the world! Give Zimmer an amazing superhero script and he’ll be back!
What do you think of Zimmer’s comments? Do you agree with him? Let us know. You can hear the Batman theme that Hans composed for Ben Affleck’s Batman below and be sure to come back to Geek Girl Authority for more DCEU news.
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