Originally Posted by moviedoors
Duo's have worked before. I like the melding of James Newton Howard's melancholic sound with Hans Zimmer's coiling menace in Batman flicks. But I think that's the exception and not the rule. Having a whole bunch of guys together seems like asking for trouble to me. You're just begging for a lack of cohesion. It's also unrealistic in terms of budget. You're talking about a huge chunk of change to assemble 4 or 5 A-list composers. I say get one talented guy whose got the chops to weave previous themes and motifs in with a brand new vision.
I agree with your last sentence. But disagree about Zimmer and Howard. Their sound didn't meld too well together, imo. Plus Howard tried to sound more like Zimmer than himself a few times. Both Batman scores they composed were more like generic sound design that plays on movie trailers from Michael Bay/Jerry Bruckheimer/Action films, imo.