Zimmer: Batman 3 score must do more than rehash The Dark Knight

The Dark Knight Rises composer Hans Zimmer

The Dark Knight Rises composer Hans Zimmer

Composer Hans Zimmer has said the musical score for Christopher Nolan’s third and final Batman outing The Dark Knight Rises will have to do more than rehash the familiar themes from The Dark Knight and Batman Begins.

The score of the first Nolan Batman film did not make a great impact on viewers. While virtually every other aspect of the movie was lauded for restoring Batman after the Joel Schumacher fiascos, the iconic Danny Elfman theme from the original Tim Burton Batman in 1989, reinforced in Batman: The Animaed Series, remained the musical signature in the public’s mind. When WB’s Smallvilleintroduced a character with a Batmanesque backstory, the musical accompaniment was unmistakably Elfman influenced.

Smallville was forced to scrap plans to introduce a young Bruce Wayne when the Justice League cartoon (Bruce Timm, Dwayne McDuffie, Paul Dini) portrayed Batman so poorly, other shows were locked out of using him in order to protect the big screen relaunch of the franchise. Smallville creators Alfred Gough, Miles Millar garnered considerable respect in the way the show adapted to the mandate late into production when the young Bruce Wayne had been cast.  More »

Danny Elfman's score for the original Tim Burton Batman is still considered iconic

Danny Elfman's score for the original Tim Burton Batman is still considered iconic

German-born composer Hans Zimmer is recognized as one of Hollywood’s most innovative musical talents, having first enjoyed success in the world of pop music as a member of The Buggles. The group’s single Video Killed the Radio Star became a worldwide hit and helped usher in a new era of global entertainment as the first music video to be aired on MTV See full bio »

As Danny Elfman was growing up in the Los Angeles area, he was largely unaware of his talent for composing. It wasn’t until the early 1970s that Danny and his older brother Richard Elfman started a musical troupe while in Paris; the group “Mystic Knights of Oingo-Boingo” was created for Richard’s directorial debut… See full bio »

The second installment in Nolan’s Batman Trilogy, The Dark Knight, garnered much more critical and fan acclaim and substantially higher box office earnings. While the musical themes were now more familiar, it is the video game Batman: Arkham Asylum which has made the Dark Knight score too familiar to rehash. Arkham Asylum plays homage to nearly all Batman incarnations, musically as well as visually. The nature of video games exposes players to far more dead time when they are exploring the gamescape. Gamers log many more hours than film viewers, and as a result, the music becomes overly familiar. This poses a challenge for Zimmer when The Dark Knight Rises is only now in production with another game in the Arkham Asylum series released in October.

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