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Hans Zimmer Announces Retirement from Scoring Superhero Movies

by Jon Niles   Mar 31, 2016 14:48 PM EDT

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Hans Zimmer, arguably one the greatest film composer of all time (see: John Williams), has revealed that he's ready to retire ... from superhero movies. Can you really blame him, though? Hollywood's fascination with this genre has been taking over the world over the last handful of years, and Zimmer has been there from the start, pretty much. The most recent superhero film in the business, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is marking his exit from the genre, but it basically only came together because he worked with composer Junkie XL, aka Tom Holkenborg.

The iconic composer is leaving the "superhero business" for personal reasons, and is insistent that it shouldn't be taken as a slight to the genre. He's been involved in a number of these productions, so this might just be his stepping aside for others to take on the industry.

"I did Batman Begins with Chris [Nolan] 12 years ago, so The Dark Knight trilogy might be three movies to you, to me it was 11 years of my life, then I did [Man of Steel], then I did this one," Zimmer explained in a new interview with BBC HARDtalk, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

He goes on to explain that working on the current blockbuster hit from director Zak Snyder was his opportunity to collaborate with acclaimed musician and composer Junkie XL, but otherwise might not have signed on. He said that it was "very hard" to work on, aside from his collaborator's involvement.

Speaking of Junkie XL, check out our previous interview with him right here!

"I have officially retired from the superhero business," the music legend explained this week.

You can watch a clip from this interview with Hans Zimmer right here:

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