With leaks of the album starting to emerge, the hype around The Dark Knight Rises original soundtrack is gaining much more momentum as the movie inches closer the its July 20 release date.
Set for a digital and physical July 17 release via Warner Bros. Studios’ Water Tower Music, the score and soundtrack are once again composed by Hans Zimmer, who has given an emotional and cavernous sonic backdrop to all of director Christopher Nolan’s Gotham City forays. This album also marks the fourth time Zimmer has aided Nolan’s vision through music, including the runaway 2010 sci-fi smash, Inception.
Until recently, details on the album and its tracks have been as shrouded and sporadic as the marketing for the accompanying film. Yet with only 10 more days remaining until Batman meets his match in Bane, Nolan and Zimmer have lifted the veil slightly to give us their take on the relationship between scoring a three-quel, and getting it right by throwing caution to the wind.
“I have never worked with someone so dedicated to the idea that the real risk is in playing it safe,” Nolan said. “Hans taught me that you sometimes have to go in what appears to be the wrong direction to discover all the possibilities, and that without exploring those possibilities you can never do anything truly exceptional.”
Nolan added that Zimmer has the uncanny ability to “sets creative goals for every film that are higher than you ever thought practical…or even reachable.”
Zimmer, who has an outstanding resume of films underneath his belt, never thought that he might have another chance to raise those stakes on the aural palate of Gotham after 2008’s The Dark Knight.
“I thought after we finished the last one [The Dark Knight], that was it,” he said. “There was nothing else we could possibly do. At the same time, when I started reading this script, I instantly knew that there was a whole world out there that I hadn’t even touched yet.”
That creative tennis match has led to an obvious fondness between the two, with Zimmer adding that he and Nolan are now “comrades in arms.”
“We try to cheer each other on and try to really do the best work we possibly can,” Zimmer said. “And part of that is you have to be prepared to not hold back. You have to put everything into the movie.”
While twists and turns are a sure bet in Nolan’s final Bat-flick, bonus tracks have been added to the album in interactive ways, as well. Physical CD copies of the album will feature a code to release the three tracks, while a deluxe version with all three featured will be available digitally. Likewise, a limited edition vinyl version of the soundtrack will be released on Sept. 4.
Zimmer is also reportedly working on a smart phone app in conjunction with the release of the film.
For more information on the album, visit Water Tower Music.