‘Dark Knight Rises’ composer Hans Zimmer writes benefit song for victims of Denver shootings

Oscar-winner pens 'Aurora' in tribute to victims of Colorado cinema shooting

The Dark Knight Rises composer Hans Zimmer has written and recorded a benefit song for the victims of the cinema shooting in Denver, Colorado earlier this month (July 20).

12 people were killed and a further 58 were injured at a screening of the final chapter in director Christopher Nolan’s trilogy of Batman films during a midnight showing at the Century 16 cinema complex in the suburb of Aurora. According to witnesses, a man appeared at the screening wearing a gas mask and set off an explosive device before opening fire on the audience.

Warner Bros have already announced that they will make a donation to the families of the victims who were killed and injured in the shooting and now, Zimmer has revealed that his new composition – which is also titled ‘Aurora’ – will also go to the Aurora Victim Relief organisation.

Writing on his Facebook page, he said: “‘Aurora’ is dedicated to those who lost their lives and were affected by the tragedy in Aurora, Colorado. I recorded this song in London in the days following the tragedy as a heartfelt tribute to the victims and their families.”

Yesterday (July 27), Zimmer told NME that his score for The Dark Knight Rises is more “rock’n’roll” than most film music and cited artists as varied as Can, Goldfrapp and Bach as inspirations for his score.

Last month, meanwhile, it was reported that Zimmer would provide the soundtrack for the new Superman film. Titled Man of Steel, the reboot is being directed by Zack Snyder, who previously helmed Watchmen and Sucker Punch, and will be produced by Nolan.