With the rumor mill buzzing today, SoundtrackNet has confirmed that Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard are planning to collaborate on Batman Begins. Initially mentioned on James Newton Howard's unofficial website, the news was confirmed to us by Howard's office this morning.

While this news is exciting, SoundtrackNet would like to remind our readers that the last time these two A-list composers tried to collaborate (on Secret Window), it didn't work out due to timing. So, we'll just have to wait and see how this plays out. But for now, fans can look forward to what will undoubtedly be an interesting score! Directed by Chris Nolan (Memento, Insomnia) and starring Christian Bale, the film will be released on June 17, 2005.