Oscar-winning film composer, Hans Zimmer, bid his goodbye to comic book movies after scoring for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice in 2016. But now, the highly acclaimed composer is back into the field with movies like Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman 1984 and Simon Kinberg’s X-Men: Dark Phoenix in his kitty.
During a recent interview with Collider, Zimmer opened up about the reasons why he chose to score for Wonder Woman 1984. He revealed that although he felt weird to take his friend Rupert Gregson-Williams’ place on the sequel, it was important for him to finish what he had started. Notably, Zimmer was the one who composed Wonder Woman’s DC Extended Universe theme music for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which was Gal Gadot’s Princess Diana’s debut film.
“It was an odd thing to say yes to because of my friend Rupert… I had worked really hard at getting Rupert the job on the first,” Zimmer explained. “But remember the Wonder Woman theme is mine, I wrote that damn thing. We had done it live, it became more and more interesting, and I just thought it was important to finish it. Patty phoned me and she had a really interesting idea as well. The story that she’s going to tell, or is probably right now on a set telling, it’s a story that I want to be part of.”
As we pointed out earlier, it seems like the sequel’s story has impressed Zimmer to make a return and ‘finish’ scoring for the character. He also mentioned Solo: A Star Wars Story director Ron Howard in the interview who encouraged and helped him to make a comeback to the heroic world.
“I had lost my voice,” Zimmer said. “I didn’t have any new ideas, and I don’t ever want to phone it in. Ron Howard, who I really consider a man of great wisdom and a great friend, quietly said to me, ‘Hans, you should never say no.'”
Zimmer has also been tapped in to score the live-action adaptation of Disney’s The Lion King, helmed by Jon Favreau. The film will arrive in theaters in 2019.
Wonder Woman 1984 will see Gadot reprising her role as the titular character along with Chris Pine, Kristen Wiig, and Pedro Pascal in lead roles. The movie is set to arrive in theaters on November 1, 2019.
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