Batman Gets His Own Composer and Theme for BvS

11/03/2014 Unknown 0 Comments

This new and incoming DC shared movie universe is epic and exciting, but there is still one significant issues that gives many people pause.  The production credits for Batman V Superman have a lot of the same names as Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight Trilogy.  From Nolan himself, to David Goyer, to Hans Zimmer.

Audience recognition is one thing.  Most moviegoers are likely able to reconcile the differences, but that doesn't solve the issue with creating something new and fresh.  Batman V Superman is a new continuity from The Dark Knight Trilogy, and it needs to look and feel that way.  That includes the music.

Fortunately, Hans Zimmer felt the same way.  He was asked about how to differentiate the two series in a recent interview with Spinoff Magazine about his Interstellar soundtrack:

I have agonized over it. I agonized over it, so much so that finally, I went, I don’t want to betray what Chris, James Newton Howard and I did. And so I asked Zack [Snyder] if it would be OK if I called a friend in. And I’m going to be working with Junkie XL, who really is a great friend. He just finished the Mad Max score. I said to him, “You take care of Batman. I’ll do the other guy.” And Zack loved that idea. It’s a way out.

The idea of splitting the composing duties for each of the title characters between two different composers is a phenomenal way to further establish the dichotomy between the Batman and Superman characters.  Junkie XL has a distinct brand himself, and it is definitely a strong contrast from the work of Zimmer.

This sounds like what may be a phenomenal addition to this movie.  It accomplishes the need to create a different feel to this new Batman, but it also helps drive him the dichotomy between Batman and Superman, since they won't only have different themes, but different themes written by significantly different artists.

Junkie XL is known for his work on recent films like 300: Rise of an Empire, or the upcoming Mad Max: Fury road.  He definitely has feeling that is a little darker and rough feeling, compared to Zimmer's more thematic orchestral scores.

Recent rumors suggest that we will get a trailer for Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice along with The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies in December.  Although not all trailers use music from their own movies, we still may get a sampling of what we can expect from the film's soundtrack in addition to some visual teases.

Batman V Superman is still about a year and a half away, but if official marketing is starting in December, then we very well may start getting a lot of official teases and reveals in the coming months.

Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice will be released on March 25th, 2016.

Source: Spinoff Online

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