Hans Zimmer is going to be channeling his inner mutant this year.
Two years after retiring from the superhero genre, Simon Kinberg has somehow convinced him to return to score Fox’s X-Men: Dark Phoenix. Permission to squee? Please? I think I need to stand on the rooftops and shout my excitement at the top of my lungs for everyone to hear.
Zimmer is one of my most favorite composers behind John Williams and Ramin Djawadi. “Wonder Woman’s Theme” is actually the best piece of music ever for one of the best superheroes ever and no one can convince me otherwise. Not only that, his scores are always so varied and they never sound the same. Ever. I mean, listen to the Dunkirk score (for which he’s nominated for an Oscar) and then listen to The Holiday soundtrack. It’s like listening to a whole new composer. But, anyway, I digress.
Earlier last year, Zimmer expressed interest in returning to the superhero genre but he needed to find the right story. Apparently, Dark Phoenix is the right story which just makes me super excited. Excitement for Kinberg’s take on Chris Claremont and John Byrne’s “The Dark Phoenix Saga” is definitely ramping up now that Zimmer is attached. Especially seeing as he needed to find the right story to return. If Dark Phoenix is the right story then Kinberg, who’s making his directorial debut with this film, is set to have a massive hit on his hands.
It’s been said that Kinberg wanted to create a different film than previous X-Men installments and he expressed interest in revisiting “The Dark Phoenix Saga” because of its emotion, something The Last Stand failed to capture some ten years ago.
Whatever the case, Evan Peters spoke to HappySadConfused podcast confirmed Zimmer was the composer and spoke about how much more laid back Kinberg was compared to previous X-Men director Bryan Singer. Peters said,“[The set] was actually very tame… Everybody was a little bit more level-headed, so it was a very pleasurable, light experience. I think the film is gonna be incredible. Hans Zimmer’s scoring it—I don’t know if I was supposed to say that or not.”
Hopefully, with Zimmer’s involvement, Dark Phoenix will be a hit. I am eager to hear his take on our heroes as well as his take on Jean Grey (Sophie Turner) who happens to be my favorite X-Men character.
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