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Published On: Fri, Apr 5th, 2013

‘Dark Knight Rises’ composer, Hans Zimmer, talks about scoring ‘Man of Steel’ and following John Williams on Superman

Warner Bros will be attempting to revitalize their Superman franchise with this summer’s Man of Steel, directed by Zack Snyder and produced by Christopher Nolan.

Hans Zimmer, who worked with Nolan on the Batman trilogy, will be scoring the reboot and spoke to CNN about the daunting task of following John Williams who composed the music for the classic films.

Henry Cavill as Superman in "Man of Steel"  Warner Bros

Henry Cavill as Superman in “Man of Steel” Warner Bros

“He’s the greatest film composer out there, without a doubt, and it happens to be one of his iconic pieces of music, so I spent three months just procrastinating and not even getting a start on the thing, because I was so intimidated: ‘Oh my God, I’m following in John Williams’ footsteps.’”

The new film, the approach to be more realistic, has a theme that was echoed by Zimmer.

“I kept thinking of the story as, What if you are extraordinary, and your entire ambition is to join humanity? To become human? What does it mean to become human? What does it mean to be an outsider who really wants to join the human race?”

The Dark Knight Rises composer confessed he wasn’t alone in his approach to Superman.

“Sonically, this treatment of America comes across via a grouping of pedal steel guitars (instead of the usual string section), banging titanium and steel sculptures, and organizing “a who’s who of drummers” in a 12-member drum circle, including Jason BonhamSheila E. and Pharrell Williams. “The great thing about Superman is that everybody loves Superman,” Zimmer said with a laugh. “It’s very easy making the call and saying, ‘Hey, can you come?’ I remember phoning Pharrell and him saying, ‘I’m right in the middle of producing the Beyonce album in Miami.’ ‘Jason Bonham’s in Miami, and he’s getting on a plane!’ Next morning, there’s Pharrell, looking a little bleary-eyed.”

Check out the full article here

Man of Steel comes to theaters on June 14, 2013.

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- Stephen is a contributor and writer on The Dispatch. Stephen is the founder and editor for the Steven Spielberg Fan Club website and contributes to pop culture stories on The Dispatch, especially upcoming movie news. Beginning in 2016, Stephen took the role of Managing Editor for the Tampa Dispatch.

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