We get more hints that Warner Bros. seems to have changed the direction for their DC slate of movies from composer Hans Zimmer.
Previously, Zack Snyder and David Goyer let it be known they wanted more Superman movies, and that Superman was the first costumed hero, which contradicts the recent news that the Ben Affleck Batman has been around a while.
Hans Zimmer also previously stated "here we go again" when talking about composing Man of Steel and more potential Superman movies with Zack Snyder, which seemed to say he was on board for the long haul.
Now, Hans Zimmer seems a bit on the reluctant side because Batman is involved as he tells The Huffinton Post that he has to think about it.
Then, you know, comes that pesky question. I thought I was done with Batman. I have to think about that. I have to think about how that fits into what I want to do next.
When asked if there is an open invitation from Warner Bros. to return for Batman Vs. Superman, Zimmer offers:
It's not really like that. I think it's really important for everybody to always take a deep breath and have a think about it. "Do we really want to embark on this journey?" Because the question really is: Do I have anything new to say? Is there anything I could add that I haven't done already? When we did "Batman Begins," we saw that as an autonomous movie. We never knew we were going to do two and three. Everybody thinks, "Oh, of course you did!" If you think about it, though, we never knew. Like, in "Lord of the Rings," everyone knew that the little guy was going to throw the ring in the volcano. We never had that. At the same time, of course, my mandate was treat each one as an autonomous movie, but you can't shift stylistically quite that much. The fun thing is if you can shift stylistically, that's what you want to do. For better or for worse, you want to reinvent yourself every time. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't.
While we may never know the "ins and outs" of Warner Bros., it does seem as if including Batman instead of a standalone Superman sequel was mandated by the studio; something Zack Snyder seemed to hint as as well when he remarked that the direction of the next movie is not up to him. Hans Zimmer seems to be saying more of the same.
Whether that is a good thing we'll find out in 2015.
The sequel to "Man of Steel" goes into production next year for a July 17, 2015 release starring Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane.
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