As the Superman reboot gears up for production, rumors continue to fly and whilst we’re just as guilty, that’s the nature of the biz – news travels so fast that sometimes it gets ahead of itself.
As is the case with Hans Zimmer who spoke with Scott Huver of Popcorn Blitz in October. The article implied that he was talking about the new Supes movie and whilst many would think the same, it seems that this wasn’t the case.
Now in a recent interview with THR, the composer has debunked those rumors saying that he’s not attached to Superman and hasn’t even met Zack Snyder. He speaks of the senseless murder of long time publicist Ronni Chasen and how all sorts of rumors are now flying which would’ve been nipped in the bud.
Here’s what Zimmer told Kevin Cassidy of THR.
Cassidy: The internet is buzzing with rumors that you’ve signed on to Zack Snyder’s Superman project. Any truth to that?
Hans Zimmer: You know, it’s like some dirty quote taken out of context. Let’s just be absolutely straight here: I have never in my life met Zack Snyder. I think I need to give him a ring. But here’s the thing: No Ronni [Chasen]. Suddenly all sorts of stuff starts flowing around with no warning.
Cassidy: So if Ronni was still around this probably wouldn’t be happening?
Zimmer: No! Absolutely not! You know, I can’t even remember ever talking about Superman. It’s a little bit, you know, it’s a little bit like “guilty by association” isn’t it?
Cassidy: Because of Batman?
Zimmer: I met Chris Nolan once and he knows Zack Snyder and therefore I’m doing Superman. You know that’s all it is.
Cassidy: It may stem from the fact a lot of people would like to see you take that project. Based on the Batman films.
Zimmer: How can I say it: My heart belongs to Batman. I wouldn’t even know how to go and give voice to it. I haven’t thought about it.
Cassidy: Not to mention following in the footsteps of John Williams.
Zimmer: Right! 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. I have never spoken with Zack Snyder.
So there you have it, he’s not doing the project and this has likely ruffled his feathers somewhat. Just because Christopher Nolan is producing the film, it doesn’t mean he’s controlling all aspects of the production with Snyder more than capable of choosing with whom he works. If anything, the director is likely to work with those he’s had success with in the past – this could be Tyler Bates who scored the movie 300 and the Superman precursor Watchmen.