Hans Zimmer discusses composing ‘daunting’ soundtrack for new Superman film ‘Man Of Steel’

Composer says it's tough following in footsteps of John Williams...

Hans Zimmer has admitted that working on the soundtrack to the new Superman film Man Of Steel was “daunting”.

Zimmer has received widespread acclaim and awards for his work on scores for films including Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, Inception and Gladiator. But speaking to CNN, he revealed that he found it overwhelming following in the footsteps of celebrated composer John Williams, responsible for the soundtrack for the original Superman film in 1978.

With Hughes’ other best-known credits including the iconic scores for Star Wars and Jaws, Zimmer said: “Look, that was daunting. Seriously. He’s the greatest film composer out there, without a doubt, and it happens to be one of his iconic pieces of music, so I spent three months just procrastinating and not even getting a start on the thing, because I was so intimidated: ‘Oh my God, I’m following in John Williams’s footsteps’.”

Zimmer also said that he was attracted to the project due to being less dark in tone than the Batman trilogy. “Everything’s tinged with irony and sarcasm and bitterness and darkness these days,” he said. “But this Superman is something lighter, celebrating everything that was good and fine about America, [such as small towns] where people don’t lock their doors, neighbours get together, and families are families.

“What was important for Superman was the simple fact that none of us pay much attention to the Midwest. I know America mainly by the big cities, but if you go into the Midwest, there is a people there and there is a country there,” he added. “And I thought it was important that the decent folk, simple folk, be the heart of the story, and a character who is guileless, who isn’t complicated in the sort of flawed way our Dark Knight is, and isn’t political in any way. He’s just striving to become a better part of humanity.”

Man Of Steel is being helmed by Watchmen and 300 directed Zack Snyder and will see Henry Cavill take on the title role, as well as sporting a bumper ensemble cast that includes Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Michael Shannon as the villainous General Zod and Russell Crowe as Jor-El, Superman’s biological father. Kevin Costner and Diane Lane will play his adoptive parents, Jonathan and Martha Kent. It will open in cinemas on June 14, 2013.