Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Watch: First Trailer For Oliver Stone’s ‘Snowden’ Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Shailene Woodley & Nicolas Cage Watch: First Trailer For Oliver Stone’s ‘Snowden’ Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Shailene Woodley & Nicolas Cage 'Thor: The Dark World' Director Alan Taylor Says His Marvel Experience Was "Particularly Wrenching" 'Thor: The Dark World' Director Alan Taylor Says His Marvel Experience Was "Particularly Wrenching" Watch: Anna Paquin Is Rescued In Clip From 'X-Men: Days of Future Past - The Rogue Cut' Watch: Anna Paquin Is Rescued In Clip From 'X-Men: Days of Future Past - The Rogue Cut' Kevin Feige Says 'Spider-Man 2' Is "One Of The Best Superhero Movies Ever," Talks John Hughes Influence On New Spidey Kevin Feige Says 'Spider-Man 2' Is "One Of The Best Superhero Movies Ever," Talks John Hughes Influence On New Spidey Watch: Live Your Ultimate Fantasy With The First NSFW Trailer For Gaspar Noe's 'Love' Watch: Live Your Ultimate Fantasy With The First NSFW Trailer For Gaspar Noe's 'Love' Review & Recap: ‘True Detective’ Season 2, Episode 2, ‘Night Finds You’ Review & Recap: ‘True Detective’ Season 2, Episode 2, ‘Night Finds You’ Terrence Malick’s ‘Knight Of Cups’ Won’t Arrive Until 2016, Austin Music Scene Drama Not Titled ‘Weightless’ Terrence Malick’s ‘Knight Of Cups’ Won’t Arrive Until 2016, Austin Music Scene Drama Not Titled ‘Weightless’ The Punisher Will Reportedly Appear As The Villain In ‘Daredevil’ Season 2 The Punisher Will Reportedly Appear As The Villain In ‘Daredevil’ Season 2 'Lucy 2' And 'Colombiana 2' Are In Development 'Lucy 2' And 'Colombiana 2' Are In Development Mixed Reactions For Marvel's 'Ant-Man' After First Press Screening Plus New Promos And Pics Mixed Reactions For Marvel's 'Ant-Man' After First Press Screening Plus New Promos And Pics The Essentials: The 5 Best Rachel McAdams Performances The Essentials: The 5 Best Rachel McAdams Performances Watch: Tom Hardy Does Double Duty In Trailer For Gangster Drama 'Legend' Watch: Tom Hardy Does Double Duty In Trailer For Gangster Drama 'Legend' The 25 Best TV Shows Of The 2014/2015 Season The 25 Best TV Shows Of The 2014/2015 Season Kevin Feige Says 'Spider-Man' Is "Definitely A Sony Picture," Talks Role Of 'Ant-Man' In Phase 3, More Kevin Feige Says 'Spider-Man' Is "Definitely A Sony Picture," Talks Role Of 'Ant-Man' In Phase 3, More The 25 Best Animated Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Animated Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 50 Best Films Of The Decade So Far The 50 Best Films Of The Decade So Far The 10 All-Time Best Episodes Of 'Parks And Recreation' The 10 All-Time Best Episodes Of 'Parks And Recreation' The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season All The Songs In 'Pitch Perfect' Including La Roux, David Guetta, Azealia Banks, Nicki Minaj & More All The Songs In 'Pitch Perfect' Including La Roux, David Guetta, Azealia Banks, Nicki Minaj & More

Hans Zimmer Says Reaction To Ben Affleck As Batman Was "Vicious," Still Undecided About Scoring 'Batman Vs. Superman'

Photo of Kevin Jagernauth By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist October 11, 2013 at 4:00PM

Go outside and ask anyone what they think about Ben Affleck as Batman in the forthcoming "Man of Steel" sequel and they'll have an opinion set in stone, one way or the other. The reaction to his casting in "Batman Vs. Superman" has been hyperbolic in some quarters, with judgments already being pronounced long before even a piece of footage has been shot. We suppose that's just par for the course when it comes to any beloved character or franchise (prepare to watch the Internet convulse whenever the "Star Wars: Episode 7" cast is revealed), but for "Man of Steel" composer Hans Zimmer, he was a bit dismayed to see how it played out.
3
Hans Zimmer

Go outside and ask anyone what they think about Ben Affleck as Batman in the forthcoming "Man of Steel" sequel and they'll have an opinion set in stone, one way or the other. The reaction to his casting in "Batman Vs. Superman" has been hyperbolic in some quarters, with judgments already being pronounced long before even a piece of footage has been shot. We suppose that's just par for the course when it comes to any beloved character or franchise (prepare to watch the Internet convulse whenever the "Star Wars: Episode 7" cast is revealed), but for "Man of Steel" composer Hans Zimmer, he was a bit dismayed to see how it played out.

“I think [the response to Affleck’s casting] was incredibly vicious," he told Collider. "I think the way he got attacked was unbelievable. But you know something, when Chris [Nolan] cast Heath Ledger as The Joker maybe we weren’t quite as big yet and maybe it wasn’t quite as visible, but there was a lot of that going on as well, that it was a complete miscasting and ‘only Jack Nicholson can play The Joker.’ ” And when it comes to Affleck, Zimmer has faith the actor is the right choice.

“He’ll be a really good Batman. It’s really quite simple, the man isn’t a fool and he’s not gonna set himself up for a fall," the composer said. "He’s a great filmmaker in his own right, he really is… I think he’s become a much more astute actor and I think he’ll make a great Batman, I think he knows exactly what he’s doing. So do I think it’s a good idea? Yes, I think it’s a good idea. I think he’s great casting.”

But the key question is whether or not Zimmer will be watching the sequel as a fan or participant, as he's still uncertain about whether or not he'll return to score the movie. His concern lies with creating music for another iteration of Batman, and the baggage that will carry. “It’s creating a bit of a problem in my head right now.  Quite honestly, I’ve gotta sit down with Zack [Snyder] and have a chat with him about what he’s trying to do because what I don’t want to do is go back to that well," he said. "It’s a different Batman; Christian Bale and what I did with Chris, that needs to have its autonomous life. I don’t want to go and now appropriate that and put that into the other Batman.”

And that's certainly a fair concern. But what do you think? Can Zimmer strike gold twice—his work on the "The Dark Knight" trilogy is iconic stuff—or is he wise to move on? Let us know below. "Batman Vs. Superman" arrives on July 17, 2015.


This article is related to: Hans Zimmer, Ben Affleck, Batman v. Superman: Dawn Of Justice


The Playlist

The obsessives' guide to contemporary cinema via film discussion, news, reviews, features, nostalgia, movie music, soundtracks, DVDs and more.


E-Mail Updates