Batman score almost scrapped

Last Updated: Wed, Jul 02, 2008 09:38 hrs
The Dark Knight

Composer Hans Zimmer was so upset after Australian actor Heath Ledger's death that he thought of scrapping the entire score for the new Batman movie Dark Knight and re-doing it.

Zimmer was scared that the music for the scenes with Ledger was too dark and morbid.

He said: "I, for a moment, was thinking, 'Oh my god, I should throw out all the music I've written for The Joker and just start over again,' which is just exactly the wrong thing to do. To honour his (Ledger) performance, I had to stick to my guns.

"The music has to portray the philosophy of anarchy that The Joker displays in the face of Batman's valour. I couldn't soften the music or compromise the evil he projects because Heath really did give such a tremendous performance. If I had taken my eye off the ball, if I had been sentimental, if I had done anything like that, it would really have not served him."

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