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Editors’ Notes

Director Christopher Nolan claims one of the chief reasons he’s continued his association with the reborn Batman franchise was the dank, emotionally brooding musical tapestry that Hans Zimmer conjured for 2005’s Batman Begins. In keeping with the elevated ambitions and even longer thematic shadows of this muscular sequel, the composer — this time in collaboration with mulitple Oscar nominee James Newton Howard (and an assist from Zimmer protege Lorne Balfe) — ups the superhero soundtrack stakes accordingly with another bleak, modernistic soundscape that distances itself even more aggressively from Danny Elfman’s previous orchestral heroics. Skillfully utilizing the seamless fusion of the synthetic and organic that’s become Zimmer’s hallmark, the score’s textures and moods snake eerily from electronic sound washes reminiscent of Tangerine Dream to nervously pulsing minimalist rhythms and more traditional symphonic brass flourishes. It’s a soundtrack that largely eschews familiar themes and motifs for ominous, challenging mood pieces, nigh perfect sonic embroidery for the year’s darkest box office contender.

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Dialogues from the movie are titles of the various songs...

Okay, as a 7th grade arts student, I have to say...the use of violins and drums dramatically enhances the soundtrack, and most definitely builds the tension. The simple, yet complex tracks will amaze you, with their dark undertones, and variable tempos. Please, do not go jogging in the dark with these eerie sounds, as the dynamics will shock you. I even let out a little scream myself. But really, folks! This is a great soundtrack for a contemporary routine, or even a dark jazz number. "Aggressive Expansion" takes the "cape"(all pun intended) for me! Enjoy!


I saw the movie. I stayed through the credits. The music complimented the film magnificently. And listening to the OST in the car provided great sense memory. I just have to remember that the Saturn is not the Batmobile.


Whoa! This is a very suiting soundtrack that perfectly matches the movie and brings out the full emotion of it with its low strings and drums. Hans and James have done an amazing job with it. Themes like the Joker's in "Why so Serious" are so creatively done and really compliment the characters, (especially the Joker.) Good Job on this score.


Born: September 12, 1957 in Frankfurt, Germany

Genre: Soundtrack

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

One of the most prolific film composers of the late 20th and early 21st centuries, Hans Zimmer was born September 12, 1957 in Frankfurt, Germany; after relocating to London as a teen, he later wrote advertising jingles for Air-Edel Associates, and in 1980 collaborated with the Buggles on their LP The Age of Plastic and its accompanying hit "Video Killed the Radio Star." A stint with Ultravox followed before Zimmer next surfaced with the Italian avant-garde group Krisma; he then formed a partnership...
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