Hans Zimmer to Score Zack Snyder’s ‘Man of Steel’

Published 3 years ago by , Updated March 9th, 2013 at 1:59 pm,

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Back in fall 2010, it almost seemed like a foregone conclusion that Hans Zimmer would end up composing the Superman franchise reboot, Man of Steel. That film would mark the Oscar-winning composer’s fifth collaboration with Christopher Nolan (after the filmmaker’s Batman trilogy and Inception) – and the first live-action film directed by Zack Snyder to not feature musical accompaniment by Tyler Bates.

However, last winter, Zimmer revealed that he was not, in fact, onboard for Man of Steel (which Nolan produced and co-conceived the screen story for). At the time, Zimmer indicated that he might have to outright pass on Snyder’s retooling of the Superman film series, due to a scheduling conflict.

Variety is reporting Warner Bros. have finally tapped Zimmer to score Man of Steel (apparently, his schedule cleared up). The acclaimed musician finds himself in a position similar to the time he signed on to collaborate with James Newton Howard on the score for Batman Begins. There, the pair had to re-imagine “the sound” of the Batman franchise – which, throughout the 1990s, was largely defined by Danny Elfman’s iconic theme for Tim Burton’s Batman (back in 1989).

John Williams’ Oscar-nominated Superman theme has likewise cast an intimidating shadow on that movie franchise for over thirty years (since its premiere in 1978 with Richard Donner’s Superman: The Movie). Here are some previous thoughts from Zimmer about following in Williams’ footsteps with Man of Steel:

“It’s a hard one, but I followed one of the most iconic things on ‘Batman’ with Chris [Nolan] as well, and it’s the same thing. You are allowed to reinvent, but you have to try to be as good or at least as iconic and it has to resonate and it has to become a part of the zeitgeist. That’s the job. On ‘Gladiator’ I remember people always talking about ‘Spartacus’ and I kept telling them, ‘When you saw “Spartacus” and how it affected it you, that’s how I want a modern audience to be affected by what we do now.’”

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Henry Cavill as the 'Man of Steel'

For the most part, this writer is a fan of Zimmer’s work. His sequel soundtracks occasionally leave something to be desired (especially on the Pirates of the Caribbean series) and Zimmer has a tendency to repeat himself, as was partly the case with the central themes in Sherlock Holmes and Rango (again, in this writer’s opinion). However, he has also produced some of the most memorable and recognizable blockbuster tunes in recent film history – including the main themes for Gladiator, Dark Knight, and Inception. Not to mention Zimmer’s contributions to the great film scores for Rain ManThe Lion King, Prince of Egypt, Black Hawk Down, and numerous others.

That’s all to say: there’s good reason to believe that Zimmer can devise a fitting theme that’ll help to redefine Superman for the 21st century in Man of Steel. He could therefore play a pivotal role in ushering in a new age of DC superhero movies in the process. Of course, feel free to voice your disagreement (or agreement) with that sentiment in the comments section.

Man of Steel will be released in theaters around the U.S. on June 14th, 2013.


Source: Variety

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  1. Good News ! …this film its gonna rock

  2. Sorry. I know I’m old fashioned – but in my opinion Superman just can’t fly without John Williams behind him.

    • Don’t worry. Old fashioned and Classic aren’t the same thing, friend. :)

    • I think so too. John Williams’s Superman theme is unique

  3. John Williams score is iconic and they even used it during the closing minute of the Smallville series finale. Without that i will not have any care of this Superman. Sorry but even when i watched Superman Returns that music hit and as i have seen all of the other Superman movies in the theater it brought and emotion from me.

    • So there was no Superman before John Williams?

      • Superman: The Movie is the definitive Superman on film, primarily due to Puzo’s story, Christopher Reeve’s sincere and defining performance, his and Lois Lane’s chemistry, and John Williams’ iconic them song and score. Don’t believe me? Watch Superman’s rescue of Lois from the helicopter crash with the sound off.

        This new movie has colossal shoes to fill, and Nolan’s producing gives me hope but Zach Snyder continually proves himself to be nothing but a lucky idiot.

        We shall see…

  4. Why is he even mentioning Williams’ score? / Williams only scored one Superman film and Man Of Steel is supposedly a new take on the story anyway.

  5. whatever music they come up with i don`t think it can be as good as John Williams`, which sounded perfect for the genre and theme of supermAN.

  6. Blah blah blah, if no John Williams it’s not Superman, give me a break. This will be a whole new Superman, a Superman without cheese!

  7. I wished they ignored Singer’s Superman returns whole, & again start off from Superman 2 one more time with only Brandon Routh returning. Reason is if they’re gonna have DCMU, than they should have the Superman Reeve’s started & have John Williams theme

  8. Don’t forget about Zimmer’s work on the “Last Samurai”. A “Small Measure of Peace” is unmatched IMO

  9. this movie will rocks…but without John Williams theme….i think it will be missing link…..

  10. There’s no need to fix it if its not broken. It won’t be the proper superman movie it should be without the John Williams score. I’ll go and watch it but then I’ll have to watch the real superman with the appropriate score to make it feel a bit better.

  11. Its like this when Superman Returns opened with John Williams theme you know it was Superman even if Christopher Reeves wasn’t in it so this goes with out saying, if MoS doesnt have John Williams theme its just another super hero movie of superman but not being of Superman

    • We’ll just have to hope that a NEW iconic Superman theme can be created…funny thing is: I saw the MOS trailer on the big screen, and it is DEFINITELY Superman to me…even without the John Williams theme.

  12. i just watched the movie

    Music was woeful, The other movies always gave you an uplifted excited feel, this music makes you want to fall asleep. Total damp squid

    Also the action scenes are apparently gritty, thats another word for badly done, shaky camera work so cant tell whats going on.

    I was excited to the movie, when I left I just wanted my money and time back.

  13. It’s like trying to reinvent Rocky and ingoring the old music. As the AVGN would say, “what were they thinking”?. Lol

  14. They could have at least threw us a bone a couple of times and used the moneyshot part of the John Williams theme when he is about to beat the snot out of Zod or something.

  15. I mean MOS was definately badass but in any film franchise that is lucky enough to have atheme everybody knows and loves its stupid to ignore it. This is off subject but in the reboot of Friday the 13th, I really wanted to like it but without Harry Manfredini’s score it just didnt have the heart and soul of a Jason flick. Movie scores always need to stay in the same vein or it just confuses the vibe. Im just glad John Williams is talking about scoring Episode VII. If they got some clown pants like Danny Elfman it would probably cause a nerd riot.

  16. The theme to MOS was just some kind of ominous balogna. What they should have done is create a dark mutated minor version of the old music and insert the happy heroic old school major stuff when appropriate. Like right before and during when he punches Zod through like 3 builings and snaps his neck. That would have been killer!