Hans Zimmer once made it totally clear that he wouldn't be scoring Zack Snyder's Man of Steel. He said:
John Williams, the greatest living composer – full stop. And that happens to be one of his greatest themes. So no. And I'm not thinking of rewriting Beethoven's ninth either. It just sounds like a thankless task, you know? So that's unequivocally a no.
But now, Variety are reporting that, in something of a u-turn, Zimmer has now signed on to the project. It will be the first of Zack Snyder's pictures to not be scored by Tyler Bates. It will be the fourth superhero film to be produced by Chris Nolan to be scored by Zimmer. Who's holding the reins tightest here, I wonder?
I guess the news may be coming out in the open now as tracks are being laid down for the scenes we'll see at Comic-Con? Or perhaps the timing is just a coincidence.
Snyder intends for his Superman film to completely ignore the cinematic legacy of the character, and start all over. I think it's a healthy response to some thirty years in the same groove. Perhaps this rip-it-up-and-start-again ethos was part of the appeal for Zimmer. Perhaps he saw some footage and fell in love?
Here's Zimmer's thoughts on reinventing the hero theme wheel, from an old NBC interview:
You are allowed to reinvent, but you have to try to be as good or at least as iconic and it has to resonate and it has to become a part of the zeitgeist. That's the job. On 'Gladiator' I remember people always talking about 'Spartacus' and I kept telling them, 'When you saw "Spartacus" and how it affected it you, that's how I want a modern audience to be affected by what we do now.' So I think ultimately you're supposed to reinvent.
So I don't think we should go into Man of Steel expecting the old Dah-Dahdah-Dee-Dah. How about a bit of Braaaaaaaaaaaaaam instead?