WB Q&A: Hans Zimmer and Junkie XL
As the epic Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice gets closer to its March 25 release in theaters, the soundtrack to the film is out from WaterTower Music. Composed jointly by legendary film composer Hans Zimmer and Tom Holkenborg (aka Junkie XL), who is on an incredible roll of his own lately—including scoring Warner Bros.' six-time Oscar winning film Mad Max: Fury Road and Black Mass, as well as this year's blockbuster Deadpool from Twentieth Century Fox. The WB Blog recently sat down with the two composers at Remote Control Productions recording studio in Santa Monica, California to discuss their intricate work on BvS as well as their unique musical modus operandi, which defies the public’s preconceived notions about the world of film scoring.
Hans, let’s start at the beginning of the Batman v Superman project when you were initially approached by the film’s director Zack Snyder. Having composed the music for the Dark Knight film trilogy and helming Man of Steel previously, why did you have initial reservations on being involved this time around?
HZ: The reasons were very simple. The Christopher Nolan Dark Knight movies may just be three movies to you, but to Christopher, Christian Bale and myself, that was eleven years of our life and you don’t want to be disrespectful to that. At the same time, now you have Ben Affleck come in and you don’t want to be disrespectful to him either. What I needed was, I needed a partner in crime. And truly a crime was committed [laughs]. But, seriously, I mean a “partner,” an autonomous voice. I needed somebody that I’ve worked with before. Tom and I have actually worked on a lot of things together and I don’t think people realize just how many crazy things we’ve done together.
JXL: I agree. It also has to do with how he brought it to Zack, based upon their whole conversation that Hans just mentioned about the impressive legacy with Christopher Nolan. [Hans and I] worked together on Man of Steel, and there was also a relationship between Zack and I when I did 300: Rise of an Empire in-between. Hans came up with this solution of “let’s just do it together with Tom,” and Zack was like, “Great.”
Read the whole interview over at the WB Blog.