As we all know, Hans Zimmer is composing Zack Snyder’s’ Man of Steel, but what might be news to some is the renowned composer was so frighten out of his wits he was reluctant to take the job. In an interview with CNN Friday, Zimmer confessed to procrastinating for three months because he was intimidated by having to follow up composer John Williams’ Iconic Superman theme music.
“Look, that was daunting,” Zimmer confessed. “Seriously. He’s the greatest film composer out there, without a doubt, and it happens to be one of his iconic pieces of music, so I spent three months just procrastinating and not even getting a start on the thing, because I was so intimidated: ‘Oh my God, I’m following in John Williams’ footsteps.'”
In order for Zimmer to get the creative juices flowing, he asked himself these questions: “What if you are extraordinary, and your entire ambition is to join humanity? To become human? What does it mean to become human? What does it mean to be an outsider who really wants to join the human race?”
Apparently those questions worked, and now Zimmer is up creating magic like the composer everyone knows him to be. If you’re familiar with his work in Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises, you know what I mean.
One thing that stuck out in the short interview, and this might be the first spoiler alert for Man of Steel, the film is not going to be dark and edgy. At least, that was my interpretation of what he said.
“Everything’s tinged with irony and sarcasm and bitterness and darkness these days,” Zimmer said. “But this Superman is something lighter. Celebrating everything that was good and fine about America, such as small towns where people don’t lock their doors, neighbors get together, and families are families.”
Keyword…”lighter!” What is Zimmer talking about? If the real world is light, why would we need Superman? This is the same trap that colossal flop Superman Returns fell into.
Let’s just hope that Zimmer didn’t really mean that, for my sanity’s sake.
Checkout the full interview here.