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In a rather unsurprising move, Hans Zimmer has officially been called upon to score next summer's reboot of the Superman franchise, MAN OF STEEL.
Variety broke the story that Zimmer, who's worked on all three of Nolan's Batman films and INCEPTION, has gotten the nod over longtime Zack Snyder collaborator Tyler Bates. This would mark the first Snyder film Bates hasn't been a part of, as he'd previously scored DAWN OF THE DEAD, 300, WATCHMEN and SUCKER PUNCH.
I don't expect to hear any fraction of John Williams' original SUPERMAN score, and, yet while Williams' theme is quite iconic, Warner Bros. really needs a fresh take on the material if they're going to make this work. That's not going to happen by bringing back the Williams' theme or recycling ideas from the beloved Donner films. A lot of us didn't know how Zimmer would be able to move us past Danny Elfman's BATMAN score, but somehow he managed. Perhaps he's got something similar up his sleeve for MAN OF STEEL.
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