Zimmer image copyright Julie Edwards © 2013; www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk
“Hans” and “Zimmer” are two words that often divide people in the film music world. The composer’s latest work for Zack Snyder’s new vision of Superman seems to be do doing just that, but whatever you feel about his approach to the music, it delivers an effective, dynamic punch in the film and is expertly produced.
Speaking the morning after the European Premiere in London, Hans spared a few minutes of his time to talk about all things Man of Steel. Following the interview, he also provides an exclusive, insightful Composer Commentary for “Are You Listening, Clark?”
00:00 - Yes & No Answers
00:32 - Intro (featuring “Look to the Stars”)
01:33 - The Fortress (Studio) of Solitude
02:34 - Reinventing the string section
03:40 - The album presentation: “I write in 5.1 and suddenly I have to reduce it to boring old stereo.”
05:33 - “Flight”
06:22 - “I disagree with any compliments put my way.”
07:30 - Moral codes from Ma and Pa Kent
08:35 - Delving into the essence of a character
09:25 - “Good-bye My Son”
10:52 - A circle of drums (featuring “This Is Madness”)
12:28 - Christopher Nolan and John Williams
14:25 - Two movies in one
15:15 - Keeping an audience entertained during the End Credits
15:45 - “What Are You Going to Do When You’re Not Saving the World”
Steel Drums: Zimmer’s drum circle for Man of Steel.
Thanks to Claire Fitt & Nick Costello at Warner Bros., and Hayley Donaghy at Cameo.