With The Dark Knight Rises
score, Hans Zimmer demonstrates his impeccable ability to create new themes within his own sprawling framework. Where would Nolan's Batman trio be without its signature horn scherzando into drums and strings? And how hard has it been to reimagine a musical motif for one of the most recognizable heroes in modern mythology? Zimmer was always up to the task. His resume oozes with epic constructions, most memorably the rousing theme from Ridley Scott's Gladiator
and recently, the brilliant and dynamic boom of Inception
. And on his first Dark Knight
film score without James Newton Howard, Zimmer was challenged more than ever before. He set out to create themes for new characters and scenarios, as well as wrapping up the entire trilogy with a larger-than-life climactic end sequence, all while weaving in the recognizable Bat-themes of the first two movies.