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It’s been a year since composer Hans Zimmer retired from superhero movies, and it looks like we finally know why. He loves Christian Bale’s Batman too much.

In an interview with Inverse, Zimmer went into more detail about why he chose to retire from composing for superhero movies after Batman v Superman. In the past, he said it was hard for him to find a unique musical style for another superhero franchise after doing all three of Christopher Nolan’s Batman films. But now, he says it’s mainly because the new Batman, specifically, wasn’t the right fit for him. Not after Christian, anyway.

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“I spent months trying to come up with something for Ben. The Batman that I know and the one I learned is the one that Christian did, and Ben plays it differently. And I can’t quite shake that off,” Zimmer said. “The Ben character is more middle-aged, he seems to be grumpy as hell, but I didn’t feel the pain that I felt in Christian’s performance. And it was that pain that made be interested.”

It’s somewhat surprising coming from Zimmer, who previously said he was very excited about Affleck taking up the Caped Crusader mantle. “He’ll be a really good Batman,” he told Collider back in 2013. And who knows, he might still enjoy Batfleck, but it looks like he’s simply too fond of the Baleman to move on. In short, Zimmer is basically Phil Collins, and Bale is that girl who took the train out of town. No matter what happens, no matter what new Batman comes into his life, he can’t stop loving him.

[Inverse]