Hans Zimmer has spent the last decade churning out an average of four soundtracks per year, scoring adventure movies, rom-coms, 3-D cartoons, Oscar-bait period pieces, videogames, and the freaking Simpsons Movie, why not. Not every soundtrack is a winner, but Zimmer has an intriguingly eccentric streak. Look at the ridiculously influential “Evil Foghorn” Inception soundtrack, which was actually composed as a kind of slow-mo remix of an Edith Piaf song. Or consider the oddball Victorian funk of his Sherlock Holmes soundtrack, which Zimmer specifically composed on an out-of-tune piano. For next year’s The Dark Knight Rises, Zimmer is back in experimental form: The composer has just written an open invitation to the internet, asking people to record their voice in an attempt to create “a worldwide chant” for the movie.
The instructions are very specific. Zimmer offers an example of the chant he wants people to record. It’s actually the same mysterious chant that taunted Bat-fans over the summer, first on the film’s official website, and then in the teaser trailer. The example Zimmer offers is the clearest sample of the chant I’ve heard, and it sounds like two words in a foreign language (spelling is pure guesswork): “Deshay” and “pasha.”
I’ve consulted the PopWatch Linguistics Laboratory about those words — by which, I mean I asked Jeff Labrecque if they sounded kind of like Spanish — and the results are inconclusive. In the comic books, Rises baddie Bane came from a fictional South American nation. That could be a clue, although I figured that the Nolan boys were ignoring that origin when they cast the famously English Tom Hardy as Bane. I just looked up the word “Pasha,” and Jimmy Wales’ piercing blue eyes say that “Pasha” was a high rank in the Ottoman empire, so maybe Dark Knight Rises is a stealth sequel to Assassin’s Creed.
Getting serious for a second here, everything we’ve seen of Rises seems to indicate the movie is about some sort of full-scale uprising, with Bane as a kind of warlord. Something about Zimmer’s phrase “a worldwide chant” makes me wonder if the movie is somehow going to tap into the current global wave of anti-government resentment. (Hey, they did almost shoot at Occupy Wall Street.) Following this metaphor, Bane represents anarchy, Batman represents authoritarianism, and Catwoman represents, I dunno, hedonism.
So anyways, I’ll be spending the rest of the day holed up in my office rereading “Knightfall” and chanting fake Spanish. Happy Thursday, everybody!
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