'The Batman that I know and the one I learned is the one that Christian did,' Hans Zimmer says

By Nick Romano
March 17, 2017 at 01:40 PM EDT
Credit: Jeff Kravitz/Getty Images; Warner Bros.

Hans Zimmer isn’t exactly a Batfleck fan. The film composer behind Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy and Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice discussed why Ben Affleck’s version of the Caped Crusader left him wanting.

“It just did my brain in to have written Christian Bale as Batman, and suddenly it’s Ben Affleck,” Zimmer told Inverse. “And it felt like I was betraying everything Christian had done. So there’s a certain amount of loyalty attached to those [Nolan] movies, as well.”

The composer, who also scored the soundtrack to Man of Steel, said he “spent months trying to come up with something for Ben” in Batman v Superman.

“The Batman that I know and the one I learned is the one that Christian did, and Ben plays it differently,” he continued. “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.”

Zimmer isn’t alone in this assessment. Batman v Superman received harsh criticism from reviewers over the darker tone, prompting Snyder’s promise to reporters on the set of Justice League of a lighter, funner follow-up. But Zimmer is out of the superhero movie game — at least until a page-turning script comes along.

“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,'” Zimmer said. “And I suppose that’s what I’m saying: Can I please have the amazing script?”

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

  • Movie
  • PG-13
  • 151 minutes
  • Zack Snyder