Posted on Wednesday, March 30th, 2016 by Angie Han
Superheroes are forever. Even the ones that don’t count immortality among their special powers have a way of surviving, provided they’re popular enough that it makes more financial sense to resurrect them than to let them stay dead. But the humans behind superheroes are not forever, and even as these characters’ stories continue on and on for decades, the people helping to tell those tales will come and go.
All of which brings us to two stories today of two comic book movie staples who seem ready to move on. In the DC corner, composer Hans Zimmer says he’s done with superhero scores after Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, while over in Marvel-land, Tom Hiddleston suggests Thor: Ragnarok could be the end of the line for fan-favorite villain Loki. Read More »
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice hits theaters this Friday, an event film that my 10-year-old self wanted but could never have imagined would actually happen. So what did I think of the movie? What did I like? What did I have problems with? After the jump you can read my spoiler-free reaction to the film. So if you’ve seen the trailers, feel free to proceed without any worry of plot points, twists, or reveals being spoiled.
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Hans Zimmer scoring Dunkirk for Christopher Nolan is probably the least surprising news you’ve read all week.
Although the never-not-ambitious director of The Dark Knight and Interstellar is venturing outside of his comfort zone for the upcoming World War II drama, he’s surrounding himself with familiar faces and frequent collaborators. Inception and The Dark Knight Rises star Tom Hardy will act in the film. Editor Lee Smith, who has been cutting Nolan’s films since Batman Begins, is on board. Warner Bros. will foot the bill, just as they have for the majority of Nolan’s projects so far. So of course Zimmer, whose propulsive and bombastic music lent tension and urgency to five previous Nolan movies, is reporting for duty.
And yes, he’s certainly going to slip a dramatic “BRAAAHHM!” or two into this score.
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Hans Zimmer is going on tour. When I heard this fantastic news, I quickly dropped what I was doing to look up the tour dates. To my great disappointment, none of the concerts are in the States. If you live in Europe, though, you’re in luck, because that’s where the composer behind Inception, True Romance, The Thin Red Line, Crimson Tide, Rain Man, and Megamind will be conducing live-performances.
Learn more about the European Hans Zimmer tour after the jump.
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Last fall, I shared a video of myself playing a looping cello version of “Time” from Hans Zimmer’s score for Inception. The response was amazing and I felt so encouraged that I actually went into a studio and recorded an entire EP of looping cello music (on sale today!).
To promote the EP, I wanted to create music videos for several tracks of the EP that were visually striking. So I teamed up with my partner-in-crime, dancer Danaë Montreuil again, and we went to Versatile Arts in Seattle to film a music video over the course of several hours using a lyra, or aerial hoop. The constantly-spinning lyra serves as a visual callback to the final moments of Inception, when Dom Cobb spins his totem and walks away before learning his fate.
I think Danaë was able to create something wonderful out of this project. Hit the jump to check out the video and learn more about how it was made.
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The fan community has finally come down from the high of seeing what Aquaman looks like in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. It was an exciting moment, both because of the character himself and because we hadn’t heard many updates on the film in a while.
Jumping off that, a few minor Batman v Superman updates are now out there. First up, the film’s costume designer, Michael Wilkinson, talked a bit about the responsibility of designing a look for Aquaman. Second, composer Hans Zimmer offered up a few thoughts on the score, which he will soon begin working on. He says that, ideally, all of the heroes in this film will have their own themes and reiterates that Junkie XL will be doing the Batman half of the music.
Below, read more on these Batman v Superman updates. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, November 6th, 2014 by David Chen
In honor of the release of Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar this week, I’ve been working on a musical project for the past few months: Attempting to perform the final music track from Inception (“Time” by Hans Zimmer) using a single, looping cello. I’ve been re-discovering my love for the cello recently, and by incorporating an electric pickup and a looping pedal, I have tried to create large-scale sounds using repeating chords on a single instrument.
Hit the jump to see a music video of “Time” performed using a single cello.
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Posted on Tuesday, November 4th, 2014 by Angie Han
Around this time last year, Hans Zimmer was telling press he saw “so many good reasons” not to do the score for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Even after he eventually came around, he admitted that he was struggling to give the new Batman his own sound, distinct from the one he’d created for Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight movies. But now it looks like he’s come up with a solution for the Batman v Superman score.
The composer revealed in a recent interview that he’s bringing in some additional reinforcements in the form of Junkie XL, who he says will “take care of Batman.” Hit the jump for more on Hans Zimmer’s Batman v Superman plan.
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Hans Zimmer provided the emotional sound of Christopher Nolan’s Batman films, and he he helped build the soul of Zack Snyder’s new Superman, too, for Man of Steel. But Zimmer has been reluctant to commit to the Batman vs. Superman film that acts as sequel to Man of Steel, because it will bridge his own Superman, and a new version of Batman. It’s a strange spot to be in for a composer. Yet it seems that whatever reservations the composer had are now slipping away, as he says in a recent interview that he’s going to work on ideas for Batman vs. Superman. Read More »