Listen to the First Track from the ‘Man of Steel’ Score

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Iron Man 3 has been released to solid reviews and record-breaking box office returns, but that’s not the only superhero movie on the block this summer.

Next month, Warner Bros. will release Man of Steel, the studio’s ambitious attempt to not only reinvigorate the Superman franchise, but possibly the entire DC movie universe.

Based on the film’s action-packed trailers, it looks like there are plenty of things to be excited about for Man of Steel. (There’s a reason it features prominently in our Ultimate 2013 Summer Movie Trailer.) But one of the most exciting things is the movie’s new score.

Faced with the daunting task of making people forget John Williams’ iconic score for the original Superman film, Academy Award winner Hans Zimmer impressed fans with his modern approach last week when Warner Bros. released a sample of the film’s score. Now, we have access to the full version of the track, and it’s even better.

The title of the track is “An Ideal Hope,” which is fitting for the song’s slow-building, but ultimately powerful theme. Listening to the song, you can practically imagine the entire movie, from a young Clark Kent working out his powers on his family farm to a soaring Superman battling General Zod to save the entire earth.

This isn’t Zimmer’s first time bringing his talents to superhero films. The composer also scored Christopher Nolan’s Batman films (along with James Newton Howard). And just like the Batman movies, Zimmer’s score reflects something fundamental about the character of Superman. While the Batman score showed off Bruce Wayne’s dual personalities, this score seems to reflect Clark Kent’s struggle to embrace his powers and become a hero.

In other Man of Steel news, Variety reports that the movie will open the 59th Taormina Film Festival in Sicily on June 15th, the day after the movie opens in theaters worldwide. There are also a couple of new banner posters from the film that show off Henry Cavill as Superman.

Check them out below:


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What do you think of Hans Zimmer’s Man of Steel track, Screen Rant readers? And the new posters? Let us know in the comments section below.


Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel hits theaters July 14th, 2013.

Source: Variety

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  1. Fairly generic movie music. Hans Zimmer has written some memorable scores though. I’m still looking forward to hearing the whole thing.

  2. Can we stop the comparisons to john williams? different time, different generation, different movie with a different feel. Pay respects of course, but lets move forward.

    • THANK YOU!

    • No. Simply no. Williams’ is the definitive Superman score.

      • It was a score to one particular incarnation of superman. It was (is) definitely iconic – you’ll get no argument from me on that. But to suggestion that it is THE score and no other score will ever apply to superman is just ridiculous.

      • If you are stuck in the 70s, are dumbfounded by nostalgia, or just have a pretty one dimensional taste in music, then yes.
        This piece is much better and much more fitting the modern times than Williams score. Williams score was one of the big elements that made Superman Returns fail. Its nice in a movie from the 70s but today its simply ridiculous.

  3. Zero offense to Hans Zimmer, but it sounded a lot like something from BattleStar Galactica (the reboot, of course)–only not as fresh.
    I am sure that I’ll fall in love with the score from this movie eventually, but this is definitely NOT John Williams.

    • It’s not supposed to be John Williams.

  4. It’s not John Williams. It doesn’t have to be. What does have to be is memorable. It’s not. It has to make you want to see the movie. It doesn’t. It’s like background music. It enhances the mood of the story, but it doesn’t call attention to itself. It’s also not going to attract soundtrack purchasers. If I heard this without the reference to “Man of Steel,” I’d never give it a second thought. I have great expectations for the movie, and I’ll probably see it more than once, but it certainly won’t be for the music if this is any indication of what it’s like.

    • I thoroughly disagree. I find it powerful, inspirational, and memorable. I think it will take its rightful place in the higher echelons of the film themes when “Man of Steel” opens…

      • Agreed!

      • @ Archaeon

        Of course you do! You would find a flaming bag of dog poop “powerfu, insperational and memorable” if it had a DC logo on it.

        Try to be at least a little objective, it will at least make you look a little intelligent.

        • Hmmm…I have seen every single Marvel film in theaters, no matter the distributing company, and found at least SOME significant element(s) in ALL of them to enjoy. Even in IM3, which I found to be an outright bad movie, I enjoyed and appreciated RDJ’s brilliant performance.

          On the DC side of things, I purposely skipped “Batman and Robin”, “Steel”, and “Jonah Hex” in theaters (even though Batman is my favorite CB character, and I like the other two a lot) because they looked stupid and badly made to me…and they were.

          I do, indeed own the Reeves/Routh Superman films, the Burton Batman films, the Nolan Batman films, “Watchmen”, “V for Vendetta”, “Red”, “Constantine”, and several other DC movies…but NOT the three mentioned above.

          I ALSO own “Iron Man”, “The Incredible Hulk”, “The Avengers”, the Thomas Jane “Punisher”, all three Raimi “Spiderman” films, all three “X-men” films, “The Amazing Spiderman”, the first Wolverine movie, and “X-men: First Class”.

          All of this doesn’t even take into account all of the DC AND Marvel animated films I’ve seen and own.

          You wanna try again to tell me who is being more objective, Mr. S.T.A.R.K.???

          As for my intelligence, if I haven’t proven by now that I am smart, then I have no chance of doing so now…or maybe, you should consider the alternative and look in a mirror?

          • Oh, and I should make one correction: I did not see the third Punisher in theaters, but I did rent it. I didn’t like it, but that was purely because it was so violent and “messy” that it did not agree with my particular tastes in CBMs…

            • @ Archaeon

              Archie, my man, chill. It was a joke, not an insult. Relax, you’ll know when I’m insulting you, trust me. Your chain…… I was pulling it. Don’t be so sensitive.

              Thanks for sharing your home DVD collection with me though, nice list.

              • I realized that probability after I had posted my response, but I’ve been busy on and off the last few days and have been trying to catch up sporadically.

                Stark, I apologize for the harshness of my response.

                • @ Archaeon

                  No problem. I’ve always enjoyed your posts, and I enjoy reading your view point.
                  We’re cool.

    • Agreed.

      IMO they could have just used the John Williams score, maybe tweaked it a little for the sake of modernity, but that score IS Superman.

    • I agree with much of what you say although I will reserve judgement on whether the music will attract buyers until after seeing the film and hearing the entire score.

      I, for one, am glad this is not John Williams. I have been looking forward to something new and with all that is known so far about this movie this seems the perfect time to try to do it.

      I love John Williams’ music. He is my favorite all-time composer. All of his movie themes are iconic. And his Superman theme is one of his best, but time waits for no one, and it is time for something new. It will be interesting to see if he does the score for the new Star Wars project(s).

      That said, a few things occur to me. First, unless I’ve missed something and that is certainly possible, I don’t think I’ve read anywhere where this particular cut is supposed to be the main Man of Steel theme. Considering there was no discernible main Batman theme(IMO)for the Nolan movies it would not surprise me if that will be the case for Man of Steel. If that proves true, I will be disappointed. If any iconic character deserves a main theme in a movie it is Superman.

      Plus this cut does not appear by name on the soundtrack listing. Perhaps the name is different or it simply is not included. In either case, not including it on the soundtrack album would seem like strange treatment for a main theme. I hope it will be included as I do like it. It does sound inspiring to me and exciting and yes it sounds like a great cut to enhance a great sequence from the film. And as someone else said, it does (pleasantly) remind me of Bear McCreary’s great music for the new BSG. Not that I think Zimmer is trying to copy that.

      What it doesn’t sound like, as I said, is a main theme.
      As always, time will tell.

      • New for the sake of “new” is bogus. If it isn’t broke (and Williams’ score isn’t) then it doesn’t need “fixing”

        People go to a franchise film especially to get the franchise. You know what you’re going to get when you put down your ticket money. If I’m going to pay to see Superman, I want SUPERMAN, not conflicted, partly emo Outsiderman. I want Williams’ score. I want bright and optimistic despite having to overcome obstacles from the villain.

        If I want dystopian “fighting for a world that hates and fears him”, I’ll watch X-men (which I also like). leave Superman alone!

          • That was one of the better responses I have seen on here, Shawn. While, not as “experienced” in age as you I grew up with the Christopher Reeve/John Williams Superman.
            And you are correct, the movies have not aged well at all. For right now when I think of Superman, I hear John Williams score and think of Christopher Reeve.
            But, I hope this movie can deliver and bring something fresh for a new generation. I especially want my boys to see something amazing as I did when I was a kid.

          • Fair enough. I’ve been burned too many times in the last few years by “reinventions” and “reimaginings” in superhero and other media properties to be as optimistic as you, but time will tell…

            • Greg, you won’t get any argument from me on that point. But hope springs eternal…..!

    • I have the album on preorder since I heard it the first time and it gives me a much bigger emotional response than the Wlliams score, so theres that. Williams was great for his time, but in todays world, his theme is way too cheesy.

  5. Guys calm down. It’s just a piece of the soundtrack. You can’t judge a movie based on ONE song.

    • The comments thus far have actually been quite tame… I wouldn’t say anyone needs to calm down. Just be careful not to start an argument about dark knight or chris nolan, those get ugly fast haha

      • The batman score from the 90’s movies is better than Nolan’s. But the Nolan movie’s score is still very good, stes the mood perfectly for those films. This score is about right for a DC animated project. Not the relaunch of there top hero.

        • I disagree with most of what you’ve said.

        • I disagree with all of that. Zimmer’s Batman score is one of the best I’ve ever heard, it expresses the darkness of the movie perfectly. The 90s one? Please. At best that was fit for an animated story. I think Zimmer got it right again, this is great work so far. I can’t wait for the rest. Also, people have to stop comparing it to Williams’ score. His era is over, that music was, in my opinion, far too jolly for a superhero with a story that when rightly told, is dark but magnificent.

          • Horsehockey!

            Williams’ music will be timelessly wonderful a 1000 years from now.

            Most of the utter CRAP that passes for movie scoring in the current day will be forgotten in months or less after the movie is out of the theaters.

            • Nope…there will be quite a few other CBM pieces remembered and enjoyed as long as Williams’s “Superman” theme. I firmly believe Zimmer’s new theme has a good chance of becoming one of those.

      • I just think that it’s kind of funny how people are actually using one song to judge a movie that hasn’t been released yet. But yeah you’re right. I wouldn’t want to start a fight over that, not that I would. I’m just excited this is getting a reboot and I can’t wait to see how it turns out.

  6. Not bad


  8. Sounds awesome can’t wait for the movie.

  9. Sounds amazing, can’t wait.

  10. I feel if williams score didnt exist this one would be a staple of this generation.

  11. I like it, but I can’t say it’s memorable, not yet anyway. Maybe when paired with images on screen it will stick with me. But none-the-less I will still purchase the soundtrack, as I do love Mr. Zimmer’s work.

  12. John Williams score destroys this. Sounds like a score for a Superman cartoon. Meh.

    • Not really.

  13. I thought it was awesome! Moving. Emotional. I feel like it captures superman better than the John Williams score (since everyone wants to go there).

  14. This John williams argument is getting old. Go watch the latest trailer with JW’s superman theme and i can tell you it is ridiculous. Look we all love that theme but it does not fit the movie. Hans has done a great job.

  15. I really, really don’t see why people insist on comparing the score to John Williams’. Sure, we’d like a soundtrack that’s just as memorable, but nobody really thinks it will top Williams’ score – in fact I think many have made up their minds that it can’t be topped.

    As for me, the old Superman films were before my time. I know of ’em, I’ve seen them, but I don’t hold them up as what I expect to see in Man of Steel. Based on this track I think Zimmer’s done a decent job – it’s not the most grabbing or most memorable thing I’ve heard, but I like that it’s still rousing. And I also like that it’s subtler than the stuff he did for TDKR, which to me as a little too much volume and noise. Also, love the drums on this one.

  16. It sounds Amazing, I love it. I can definitely hear a story being told within the score. I cant wait to see this movie.

  17. The song “An Ideal Hope” is not listed on the soundtrack. Was it missed labelled?

  18. I didn’t mind this.

    It’s a bit generic, but anyone who has heard his stuff for Nolan should think that this is top notch stuff.

    It’s good. It’s mood creating.
    No, it’s not a jingle. I don’t know why people are still expecting that in the 21st century. Movie music is a LOT different now.
    This isn’t Jurassic Park.

    • Totally agree. I think if they took the Williams score and tried to write a movie to fit it, they’d fail. It’s just not what works any more.

  19. 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 AWESOME!

  20. sounds superb !

  21. Well, it’s ok. It’s not great but it doesn’t suck either. It’s meh. I’m a fan of Zimmer’s work, but he is no John Williams by any stretch. Not even close.

    It’s a tough spot for Zimmer because anything he makes will be immediately compared to Williams, which is an automatic win for John Williams and an automatic fail for Zimmer.

    Why didn’t they just hire John Williams again, and have him “reimagine” the sound track like they’re doing with the character of Superman? That would have been cool.

    It sounds more like something I would hear from Battlestar Galactica to me, (with a jet tengine thrown in the middle of it) not a super hero. I would like to hear the rest of the sound track before making the final call however.

  22. Is it not the same music featured in trailer #2? Put to that trailer is was pretty memorable.

  23. Once in synch with the movie this music is going to be epic. I’ve listened to the whole track and it is really good. I love Williams just as much as everyone else but this soundtrack will be known as the Superman music going forward.

  24. New desktop background with the bottom poster 😀

  25. cant wait till to listen to the full soundtrack this was awesome

  26. I do agree with a comment made by RC. The JW Superman theme needn’t have been discarded just tweaked to make it more contemporary. As much as I find this score interesting, JW’s defines Superman in film. It did a lot to certify Smallville in the final episode when Clark finally donned the garb. James Bond has had the same theme song for 50 years. Even following a Daniel Craig reboot the theme remained. Note the theme is much older than 1979 Superman. They have merely ‘tweaked’ it to make it contemporary. Superman could have done same because that theme is indelible.

    Anyway, Kudos to Zimmer

  27. I know that it’s too early to judge just by listening to a one track. Although I am not impressed. When I saw the action-packed trailer with exploding Krypton, I think that something like Clint Mansell’s Death is the Road to the Awe (The Fountain) or John Murphy’s Adagio in D minor from Sunshine is more original and appropriate.

  28. Sounds like a TV score for Smallville or the Superman Animated Series. Just the same old synths and rythmic nature from Zimmer. Yawn.

    • IMO, you don’t seem like much of a SUPERfan if Zimmer’s piece didn’t dramatically raise your hopes for this film…