X-Men: Dark Phoenix Pulls Dark Knight Composer Hans Zimmer Out Of Superhero Retirement

Hans Zimmer is coming out of superhero retirement for Dark Phoenix.


X-Men: Dark Phoenix has enlisted some unexpected star power ahead of its upcoming release. Hans Zimmer, the composer behind the scores for the Dark Knight trilogy and the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, has signed on to provide music for the film.

Those who follow Zimmer's career closely might find this surprising, as he declared he was done creating superhero scores after Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. "I have officially retired from the superhero business," he explained to the BBC's HardTalk in 2016. "I did Batman Begins with Chris [Nolan] 12 years ago, so the Dark Knight trilogy might be three movies to you; to me, it was 11 years of my life."

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Just when he thought he was out, though, they pulled him back in. During an appearance on the HappySadConfused podcast, Dark Phoenix star Evan Peters--who will reprise his role as Quicksilver--spilled the beans. " I think the film is gonna be incredible. Hans Zimmer's scoring it," he says. "I don't know if I was supposed to say that or not."

What is it about Dark Phoenix that made Zimmer return to the superhero genre? It remains to be seen, but Peters makes it sound like working on the film was a dream. "[Director] Simon [Kinberg] directed this one and came in very prepared, very professional. It was a different energy on set and everything got done like clockwork," he says. "It was very seamless. Everybody was a little bit more level-headed, so it was a very pleasurable, light experience."

This is Kinberg's directorial debut, as he takes over the franchise from Bryan Singer. It's not his first experience with the X-Men franchise, though. After serving as a writer on X-Men: The Last Stand, he has served as a producer on each subsequent entry in the series, as well as TV spin-offs Legion and The Gifted.

X-Men: Dark Phoenix will see the returns of stars Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Nicholas Hold, Sophie Turner, Alexandra Shipp, Tye Sheridan, and Kodi Smit-McPhee. It hits theaters on November 2.

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