The full-length trailer for Gore Verbinski‘s The Lone Ranger released this week promised plenty of good stuff from the film: sweeping Western vistas, death-defying stunts, massive explosions, a banged-up Armie Hammer, and a weirdo Johnny Depp. One thing we won’t be getting, however, is a score from Jack White.

The former White Stripes frontman signed on this spring for what would have been his first full movie score, but has since exited the project. Stepping into White’s place now is Oscar-winning composer Hans Zimmer. More details after the jump.

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Music links the four pieces of news found after the jump in this article. There you’ll read about:

  • Philip Glass will contribute music to Park Chan-wook’s Stoker.
  • James Newton Howard is doing the scores for Maleficent and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.
  • Hans Zimmer‘s Inception score is remixed to show the scope of the universe.

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Chances are we’re all pretty familiar with the The Dark Knight Rises from the outside view. Now it’s time to pop the hood. Much as rumors cropped up before production, spy photos poured out during production, speculation raged approaching release and debate stirred at release, behind the scenes tidbits are now coming online at a great rate. Many of them just stealthy sneak into Superhero Bits (like a huge gallery of images earlier today) but we’ve grabbed a few of the better ones and put them all right here.

After the jump you can find out about the following:

  • The Soundworks Collection has posted a video discussing the sound design and score of the film.
  • A video proves that Bane‘s voice was changed from the initial release of the prologue up to the final release.
  • Check out some early concept images of Bane‘s look and design.
  • An old, but worthwhile, video showing Heath Ledger‘s possible inspiration for The Joker.
  • See what Bane looked like without his mask.

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How much did The Dark Knight Rises end up making on its opening weekend? What’s going on with The Wolverine in Australia? Why does Hans Zimmer have his own Dark Knight Rises app? Does Harvey Weinstein like The Avengers? Did an actor audition for The Dark Knight Rises without knowing it? If Spider-Man tried to pick up Black Widow, what would happen to The Avengers? How did an artist hand paint a Dark Knight Rises banner? Is Christopher Nolan obsessed with the Eighties? Read about all of this and much more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

Here are two great score previews. One is a five-minute piece that previews the Nathan Johnson score for his cousin Rian Johnson‘s film Looper. The video features Nathan Johnson discussing some of the ideas behind the score for the film, and features many samples of the music along with an explanation of where the samples used in the score came from.

The other preview isn’t even a preview — it’s the full Hans Zimmer score for The Dark Knight Rises. We’ve heard previews of some tracks, but now you can stream the whole thing. Fortunately for those who have stayed away from the most spoiler-laden reports, the track titles shouldn’t give much away. Then again, those who don’t want to be spoiled probably won’t be listening to the entire score before the film comes out, anyway. Read More »

Back in 2010, around the time of the Inception DVD release, a rumor spread that legendary composer Hans Zimmer had signed on to score Man of Steel, the Zack Snyder-directed, Christopher Nolan-produced Superman reboot for Warner Bros. At the time, Zimmer denied the talk, unequivocally declaring that he was not involved with the project and had never even met Snyder.

Things have apparently changed in the past year and a half. Zimmer is now officially set for Man of Steel, giving us one more reason to look forward to the newest iteration of the classic superhero. More details after the jump.

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Part of the lingering appeal of Christopher Nolan‘s The Dark Knight was Hans Zimmer‘s eerie, often ominously quiet score. There has been great anticipation in some corners for Zimmer’s follow-up work in The Dark Knight Rises, and the bits we’ve heard in recent trailers are certainly promising.

Now we’ve got 30-second samples of the fifteen tracks on Zimmer’s score for the new movie. While what we hear in these clips is rarely as creepy as some of the themes in the last film, the music on offer does fit into the world Nolan has created. And there’s even some influence from recent work from other films — it sounds like Zimmer’s been listening to the score for Drive. (See ‘Underground Army.’)

It’s worth noting that some might consider the titles of these score sample tracks to be spoilerish, so keep that in mind before clicking through. Read More »

Now that we’ve (mostly) moved on from Banegate, Christopher Nolan and his team have gone back to what’s really important – finishing one of the most anticipated films in history. The director is hard at work completing The Dark Knight Rises and, at this point of post-production, one of the most important people becomes the composer. That’s Hans Zimmer, who has spoken in the past about his radical choices for the July 20 release. He expanded on those comments, and talked about Nolan’s reasons for secrecy, in a new interview with the Los Angeles Times. Read some of his thoughts after the jump. Read More »

As we all patiently wait for July and The Dark Knight Rises, odds are many of us will dust off that Blu-ray of The Dark Knight and give it a spin. Or seven. Christopher Nolan‘s second Batman film is so dense, there are new things to discover on each and every viewing. One example could be the intricacies of the score by Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard. Where did they get all that wonderful noise? One /Film reader thinks he found out.

After the jump, watch a video that believes to have found a hidden inspiration for Zimmer and Newton Howard’s score to The Dark Knight. Read More »