It is one thing for fanboys to send wave after wave of abuse in Ben Affleck's direction, but for world renowned musical composer Hans Zimmer to do so - that one hurts! Speaking with Inverse this week, the German put his cards on the table to categorically state that Affleck's version doesn't resonate with him and he misses what Christian Bale gave to the character.
Zimmer worked on the score for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice alongside Junkie XL. Although there was some trepidation on that account. The 59-year old did so at Christopher Nolan's behest, a request that was agreed upon after the pair worked side-by-side for his Dark Knight series from 2005 until 2012's The Dark Knight Rises.
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Opening up about the toll it took on the composer from a personal standpoint, Zimmer explained that his journey with the filmmaker was exhaustive.
"I keep thinking about new styles of music and new ways of using technology, new ways of figuring out how to make everything that we do an experience for other people," he begun. "And I just couldn't do it anymore with the superhero movies, it's as simple as that. If you take the three Chris Nolan Batmans, that's three movies to you, but to you and Chris, it was 12 years of our lives. So sometimes you just have to say, 'I don't know where I'm heading, but I'm going to jump off this cliff.' As soon as I said it, there were a lot of phone calls coming my way going, 'Are you crazy?' But I've never written music for money, money isn't inspiring. And I didn't want to get into it where it became a job."
With such a deep attachment to the character, the artist argued that he just didn't feel the passion coming through from his predecessor.
"Ron Howard actually said something very smart to me. He said, 'Don't say you will never do a superhero movie again. Wait for somebody to turn up with an amazing script for a superhero movie.' And I suppose that's what I'm saying: Can I please have the amazing script? It just did my brain in to have written Christian Bale as Batman, and suddenly it's Ben Affleck (in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice). And it felt like I was betraying everything Christian had done. So there's a certain amount of loyalty attached to those movies, as well."
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Doing his best to draw out a score that fitted in with the elder statesmen, Zimmer admitted that the American cannot hold a candle to what Bale produced.
"I spent months trying to come up with something for Ben," he outlined. "The Batman that I know and the one I learned is the one that Christian did, and Ben plays it differently. And I can't quite shake that off. For me, the Christian Bale character was always completely unresolved. It was always about that moment at the beginning of the first movie, where he sees his parents getting killed. It was basically arrested development. The Ben character is more middle-aged; he seems to be grumpy as hell, but I didn't feel the pain that I felt in Christian's performance. And it was that pain that made me interested."