Most cineastes are familiar with the work of Hans Zimmer. The award-winning German composer has created innovative, intricate soundtracks for over 100 films, and fans of the Dark Knight everywhere love his work on Christopher Nolan's Batman series.
In 2008, the Motion Picture Academy reversed a decision to disqualify Zimmer and James Newton Howard's score for The Dark Knight. They initially indicated there were too many composers credited on the large-scale project, but Zimmer's statements about the narrowness of Academy rules — and insistence that although he and Howard composed the score, others should be credited for their efforts in its creation — changed their minds.
Now, the artist has completed work on Nolan's final chapter in the Caped Crusader saga, and Empire has shared the complete Dark Knight Rises soundtrack for your listening pleasure. We've posted it for you, below. There don't appear to be any spoiler titles, and if you've been avoiding photos and trailers in anticipation of the film, this might be a good way to treat yourself to some brooding superhero goodness without ruining anything. Zimmer didn't work with Howard for this go-round, but as you may remember, he did collaborate with others on the soundtrack for a few "chanting" segments — according to a recent interview with Collider:
"I wanted hundreds of thousands of voices, and it’s not so easy to get hundreds of thousands of voices. So, we Twittered and we posted on the Internet, for people who wanted to be part of it. It seemed like an interesting thing. We’ve created this world, over these last two movies, and somehow I think the audience and the fans have been part of this world. We do keep them in mind."
The composer directed fans to a website to participate, and the rest, as they say, is history. Give the soundtrack a listen below, and share your thoughts in the comments section. The soundtrack will be available on Amazon and iTunes on July 16, while The Dark Knight Rises heads to theaters on July 20 (aka, still not soon enough).