Hans Zimmer hits back at Batman v Superman audio critics

Oscar-winning composer Hans Zimmer has been slammed by audiences complaining the music he composed for the new Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice blockbuster drowned out the movie's dialogue.

According to the Independent, scores of cinema goers have criticised the pounding score created by the German-born composer for making dialogue in the movie inaudible.

When questioned by BBC Radio 4 Today programme, Zimmer said poor quality cinema speakers were to blame.

"No, I don't have control over it. Nobody sets out to make an incomprehensible movie. When we mixed the film, we mixed it to the highest possible standard and we could hear every word.

"That doesn't mean every cinema has the same speakers. So what's our choice? To create towards the lowest common denominator or tell people, 'Make your sound systems better'."

Zimmer has retired from producing scores for superhero films saying it had become difficult to find "a new language" to write music for the genre.

The German maestro has produced music for The Dark Knight trilogy and superman flick Man Of Steel over his 30-year career, as well as Inception, Gladiator and the Pirates of the Caribbean films.

He won an Oscar for his composition for The Lion King.

But the 58-year-old, speaking to the BBC, said composing for superhero movies had become increasingly difficult.

German composer Hans Zimmer. Photo / AFP
German composer Hans Zimmer. Photo / AFP

He said he struggled to produce an original score for the recent Batman vs Superman: Dawn Of Justice film.

"I did Batman Begins with Chris (Nolan) 12 years ago, so The Dark Knight trilogy might be three movies to you, but to me it was 11 years of my life," he said.

"I started to find this one was very hard for me to do, to try and find new language, say something fresh."

Zimmer denied that the superhero film genre was quickly running out of steam, saying the quality of the story was key.

"Look at these as our modern mythological characters, as some sort of weird extension of our Greek myths," Zimmer said.

- nzherald.co.nz

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