Hans Zimmer Compares Ben Affleck Casting To Heath Ledger Casting
In an interview with Collider, composer Hans Zimmer talked about whether he would be willing to return to score the Man of Steel follow-up, and he also shares his thoughts on Ben Affleck being cast as Batman.
Hans Zimmer has scored movies for both Batman and Superman, and he will also score The Amazing Spider-Man 2. This means he got the chance to score movies for the 3 of the most popular superheroes out there. Now the composer has to decide if he wants to do the score for the team-up movie of Batman and Superman, or let another composer do the job. While talking to Collider, Hans Zimmer said that he hasn’t made a final decision on whether to score Batman vs. Superman just yet.
“It’s creating a bit of a problem in my head right now. Quite honestly, I’ve gotta sit down with Zack and have a chat with him about what he’s trying to do because what I don’t want to do is go back to that well. It’s a different Batman; Christian Bale and what I did with Chris, that needs to have its autonomous life. I don’t want to go and now appropriate that and put that into the other Batman.”
With regards to Ben Affleck playing the new Batman, Zimmer is optimistic. He thinks that Affleck will make a really good Batman and says he thinks Affleck knows what he's doing.
“He’ll be a really good Batman. It’s really quite simple, the man isn’t a fool and he’s not gonna set himself up for a fall. He’s a great filmmaker in his own right, he really is… I think he’s become a much more astute actor and I think he’ll make a great Batman, I think he knows exactly what he’s doing. So do I think it’s a good idea? Yes, I think it’s a good idea. I think he’s great casting.”
Zimmer says he was surprised at the level of criticism directed at Affleck when the actor was first announced as the new Batman, but it reminded him of the response to Heath Ledger playing The Joker in The Dark Knight:
“I think [the response to Affleck’s casting] was incredibly vicious. I think the way he got attacked was unbelievable. But you know something, when Chris cast Heath Ledger as The Joker maybe we weren’t quite as big yet and maybe it wasn’t quite as visible, but there was a lot of that going on as well, that it was a complete miscasting and ‘only Jack Nicholson can play The Joker.’”
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