The AMC video interview with Hans ZIMMER & James Newton HOWARD regarding their work on Batman Begins is available at Cinemusic.net from the British magazine SFX
The Music of the Knight
'Batman Begins' shows there's more to Batman movie music than Danny Elfman...
Musically, the previous 'Batman' films - and the animated series - were defined by Danny Elfman's memorably gothic music. With 'Batman Begins' signalling a sea change in the franchise's style, the music is following suit by having two high-profile composers - Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard - score this particular Dark Knight.
It?s certainly an unusual move. "It hasn't happened in recent memory," claims Howard who, with Zimmer, spent three months at London's AIR Lyndhurst studios creating more than two hours of composition for the film. "We were terribly impressed with what we saw. The way the music had to feel was clear to us. The movie is very specific - complex and layered."
Why two composers? "We always joked about what if I wrote a cue and he finished it and vice versa," says Howard. "We reached a place where you can only do so many car chases moments etc -- so we wanted to shake it up. When Chris [Nolan] asked Hans to do this, he called me and said, 'How about it?'"
For Zimmer, the appeal was clear. "There is a nice division where I get to go dark with the music and James does the elegance."
Certainly, it?s an intriguing pairing that could work well, with Zimmer's action mores - best heard in 'Gladiator' - amply capturing Batman's war on crime, while Howard plies a focus on the pic's psychological dimensions. "We never really had a solid plan," says Howard, estimating that, "I have a stronger presence in the first half and Hans has the same in the second. There are two themes primarily. One relates to his journey and the other relates to the action."
The result, says Zimmer, should be unmistakably 'Batman'. "There's a lot of percussion, a lot of electronics, but, this is 'Batman', you're allowed to have the kitchen sink."
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Excellent! Pure genuis of a soundtrack. Because of the music and the new life given to Batman (thanks to Mr Nolan), I have seen it at least 12 times over the past week or so. Misters Zimmer and Newton - Howard, I congratulate you both and hope to hear your talents on the next Batman film.
I'm a huge batman fanatic.. back when i heard about them making a new batman franchise, i was shocked and real excited.. and when i heard hans zimmer's on board to score it, i was just blown away.. i instantly knew, this was the batman film worth seeing and waiting for.. and that this movie will turn out really great. And it did! When i finally saw the movie and heard hans and james' score, it was just perfect! Nolan made a right choice and I hope Hans' back to score the sequel.
Excellent~! It is the PERFECT Batman music, no matter what anyone else says, even if it is not the Danny Elfman style. I wish that an expanded score (preferably a promo) is released soon. Oh god MAY THE SCORE BE NOMINATED FOR AN OSCAR! I hope then an expanded release will be there!!!!! *crosses fingers* <--:)
This has probably been asked many times before but I just wondered if anyone knew at all if there either was a bootleg/exoanded etc release of this score or if one was even on the way. Its really really good. My email is #### Thanks for any help.
Does anyone know if there is a bootleg release of this soundtrack in existence? The official CD we have is great, don't get me wrong. But there are several terrific themes and arrangments present in the movie but not on CD that I'd love to have. I understand that HZ and JNH were going for a particular feel with their official soundtrack, but I think fans of the score and the film would love to own the rest of the music!
BTW, a bootleg or second soundtrack release would make the ULTIMATE Christmas present...
does anyone know the 'metalish type' of music in the TV SPOT trailer where Bruce Wayne says: "--A guys that dresses up like a bat clearly has issues?!"-- I've been looking for that metalish music for months now-- any help would be great-- thank you!!
The music is very driving and disturbing at the same time, very beautiful and a memorable addition to my collection.
What I would like to know is who decided to use bat species for the track names and what significance the names have to each track. I've done a little research, but would like to know from the composers or someone else about this.