Composer Junkie XL worked with Hans Zimmer on the score for Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel, and he’s returning to work with Zimmer again on Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.
Speaking to Collider, Junkie XL shared some of his philosophy and feelings about working on such iconic characters.
I shouldn’t say this, but I would do those movies for free. What’s interesting is that Hans and I met Zack last week and he said something in general about these superheroes, which I can very much relate to based on Man of Steel. All these heroes – Tarzan, Peter Pan, Cinderella, Batman, Spider-Man, Superman, Aquaman, Wonder Woman, all the Marvel comics – all these characters are bigger than all the directors that ever dealt with them, are bigger than all the cartoonists that ever drew them, are bigger than any composer that would ever work on them. Batman will still be around in 100 years. Superman will still be around in 150 years. Spider-Man would still be around, in some form, in 200 years. It’s such a cultural thing. So you know when you were work on Man of Steel, in 10 years somebody is going to do the music for Man of Steel, and a different director is going to be doing Man of Steel. That’s the reality. So all you can do is to give it not only your best, but your vision on what this character is, when you become one with that character.
Junkie XL couldn’t share much specific about Batman v. Superman, but he does seem pretty excited about the project. When asked about what it was like when Hans Zimmer asked him if he wanted to work on the Batman part of the score, Junkie XL said, "It was great to hear it. I got chills through my spine. I'll leave it at that."
Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice opens March 25, 2016.