Composer Hans Zimmer Retired From Superhero Movies Because of Ben Affleck’s Batman

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It seems like iconic film composer and producer Hans Zimmer really didn’t enjoy working on the score for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

The composer has just retired from scoring high-profile superhero films and a new interview with Zimmer on Inverse reveals that one of the reasons why he decided to step away from the Comicbook movie scene was because it was difficult for him to connect with Ben Affleck’s interpretation of Batman.

“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. So there’s a certain amount of loyalty attached to those movies, as well.”


“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,” Zimmer explained further. “It was always about that moment at the beginning of the first movie, where he sees his parents getting killed. It was basically arrested development. 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.”

It’s quite a surprise how much Zimmer had to struggle with Affleck’s Batman – a lot of fans enjoyed the celebrity’s take on the Caped Crusader, or at least his millionaire playboy self, Bruce Wayne. The composer is just probably too attached to Christopher Nolan’s films and to Christian Bale’s rendition of the Dark Night. Right now Zimmer is working on Nolan’s upcoming war film Dunkirk which is slated for release on July 21, 2017.

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