Quick Review: The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1

First off, I’d like to say I didn’t go in to the theater with much expectations for this film due to it being (IMO) the worst book in the Hunger Games trilogy. Did I find this first part to be better than the book so far? Yes. But was two parts needed? No.

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Hans Zimmer & Junkie XL to score Batman v Superman

Junkie XL & Hans Zimmer

Junkie XL & Hans Zimmer

It’s been known for awhile that Hans Zimmer would return to score Batman v Superman but the big question was how he would handle the new caped crusader (as he was the man behind The Dark Knight trilogy score in case you didn’t know). Thanks to Spinoff Online, now we know the answer!

Next, you’re doing another superhero film, ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’, featuring the Superman you’ve scored before for ‘Man of Steel’, and also a character that you’ve approached before in a different cinematic context, Batman. Are you doing a different take on Batman, or drawing from your established theme, or something else?

You know something? I have agonized over it. I agonized over it, so much so that finally, I went, I don’t want to betray what Chris [Nolan], James Newton Howard and I did. And so I asked Zack [Snyder] if it would be OK if I called a friend in. And I’m going to be working with Junkie XL, who really is a great friend. He just finished the Mad Max score. I said to him, “You take care of Batman. I’ll do the other guy.” And Zack loved that idea. It’s a way out.

Zimmer and Junkie XL have collaborated on a few songs for Man of Steel (General Zod, This is Madness, and Arcade).

Check out Junkie XL’s score for 300 Rise of an Empire, it’s pretty amazing:

And in case you forgot, or just haven’t taken a listen, here’s Hans Zimmer’s score for Man of Steel: