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Hans Zimmer defends Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight secrecy

23 February 2012

The Dark Knight Rises is one of the most anticipated superhero films to come to the big screen this year and composer Hans Zimmer has defended Christopher Nolan's decision to withhold information about the project.

Speaking to Hero Complex about the third and final Batman film from Nolan, the legendary composer says "There's always this thing that people say 'Oh, Chris is so secretive', well, I think that there are two elements to this. One is, I think, to be able to do really good work, you have to have the chance to fail in privacy. And if everybody's watching you on the internet, I think it stifles creativity.

I think Dark Knight is the perfect example of this idea. Everybody knew we were making a Batman movie. But until it came out they didn't know it was going to be that sort of a Batman movie."

Zimmer went on to say that The Dark Knight Rises creative team has been working hard to maintain the element of "surprise" adding "It feels a little bit like we're working very hard at protecting part of what is great about movies - the surprise. Because it seems like the world doesn't want you to do that anymore, they want to know everything, they want to know about the stars and this and that immediately.

It's not important to us. To us, really, the thing is the writing and the script and the ideas and the journey, and making it into something really good."

The Dark Knight Rises opens on July 20 in IMAX and conventional cinemas and features the stellar cast of Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard, Liam Neeson, Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Aidan Gillen, Juno Temple, Matthew Modine, Joey King, Nestor Carbonell, Brett Cullen, Burn Gorman, Michael Papajohn, Tom Conti and Chris Ellis.

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