Hans Zimmer, Unsatisfied with Batfleck, Really Misses Christian Bale’s Batman

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Hans Zimmer misses the old Batman, straight from the go Batman, chop up the soul Batman (yes, that works). The legendary composer isn’t so sold on the new Batman, the bad mood Batman, sad in the news Batman: that is to say, Ben Affleck’s Batman. Zimmer told Inverse that it was hard for him to work on the score for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice because he was feeling separation anxiety from Christian Bale’s performance. “It just did my brain in to have written Christian Bale as Batman, and suddenly it’s Ben Affleck,” Zimmer said. “And it felt like I was betraying everything Christian had done. So there’s a certain amount of loyalty attached to those [Christopher Nolan] movies, as well.” Zimmer’s answer doesn’t even really read as elegantly as shade. He just prefers his caped crusaders to be rich and tortured, not just rich and moody:

I spent months trying to come up with something for Ben. The Batman that I know and the one I learned is the one that Christian did, and Ben plays it differently. And I can’t quite shake that off. For me, the Christian Bale character was always completely unresolved. It was always about that moment at the beginning of the first movie, where he sees his parents getting killed. It was basically arrested development. The Ben character is more middle-aged, he seems to be grumpy as hell but I didn’t feel the pain that I felt in Christian’s performance. And it was that pain that made be interested.

Message to Batman director Matt Reeves: If you want Zimmer onboard, you’ve gotta make an origin story.

Hans Zimmer Really Misses Christian Bale’s Batman