How many film composers can you name off the top of your head? I bet it’s not many, but one that likely comes to mind is the preeminent and prolific, Hans Zimmer, the mastermind behind some of the best movie scores in history.
Zimmer’s litany of achievements includes multiple Oscar and Golden Globe nominations – including an Oscar win for The Lion King – and has been at the helm of incredible films such as; Gladiator, Dunkirk, Interstellar and Batman vs. Superman, to name but a few.
But it was sadness that in 2017 Zimmer announced his retirement from super-hero films citing an inability to “find a new language” when speaking the BBC Hardtalk, following the completion of Batman vs. Superman.
But now, like a phoenix rising from the ashes of retirement – excuse the pun – Zimmer has donned his musical spandex one last time for the upcoming X-MEN: Dark Phoenix.
The film, due in 2018, follows the story of Jean Grey and her continued struggle to deal with the gravity of her powers, which eventually results into her transformation into Dark Phoenix – leaving the X-MEN to grapple with the question; is one team members life worth more than the rest of humanity.
The film sees the return of fan favourites James McEvoy as Professor Charles Xavier, Michael Fassbender as Magneto and Games of Thrones Sophie Turner, who reprises her role of Jean Grey from the dismal X-Men: Apocalypse.
Little else is know about the story and how true it will follow the comics, but with the producer of Deadpool on board (Simon Kinberg) and Zimmer on his keyboard, maybe we’ll get the X:Men film we deserve. Albeit minus the incredible talents of Hugh Jackman that, for the moment at least, is not credited on the film. Dare we hope for a cameo form the fan favourite?