Man of Steel: Preview of Hans Zimmer’s Score & New Images

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When Hans Zimmer was invited by Zack Snyder to compose the score for this summer’s comic book movie blockbuster, Man of Steel, he admitted to being so daunted by the challenge of living up to John Williams’ legacy that he procrastinated for three months before finally throwing himself fully into the task.

Now Superman fans will be able to judge for themselves whether Zimmer’s efforts have paid off, as we get our first chance to listen to samples from the film’s score and the soon-to-be-released movie soundtrack. We also have new images from the film to share.

Snyder seems to be impressed, at least. In a quote released over at Superman Homepage, the director expressed his satisfaction in the music that Zimmer produced to accompany the soundtrack.

“The challenges of creating a Superman score are daunting because Superman is so iconographic. I really feel like what Hans created is perfect. Subtle and stirring, epic and commanding. Honestly, Hans crushed it.”

Man of Steel‘s soundtrack will be released a few days before the film itself, but you can currently preorder both the standard edition and the limited deluxe edition from Amazon. The deluxe edition features six additional tracks, along with access to an online behind-the-scenes feature, and comes in a special embossed steel case, shown below alongside the standard edition cover. Side 2 of both editions features a 28 minute-long “sketchbook” of Man of Steel music, performed solo by Zimmer, showcasing some of the experiments he did in the very early stages of composition.

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The samples of music that were released by Amazon have been pieced together in the video up top, and at 0:30 the drum circle that Zimmer described in an earlier interview really kicks in and shows off the benefits of getting some of the finest drummers in the world all together in one room. The full percussion orchestra includes John JR Robinson, Jason Bonham, Josh Freese, Pharrell Williams, Danny Carey, Satnam Ramgotra, Toss Panos, Jim Keltner, Curt Bisquera, Trevor Lawrence Jr., Matt Chamberlain, Ryeland Allison, Bernie Dresel, Vinnie Colaiuta and Sheila E.

The classical strings sections that you can hear in the samples were played by a collection of eight expert pedal steel guitarists: Chas Smith, Marty Rifkin, Skip Edwards, Boo Bernstein, Peter Frieberger, Rick Schmidt, JD Maness and John McClung.

The samples of the soundtrack so far sound pretty fantastic, featuring a mix of radically different tones and moods – but of course the true test of them will be how well the fit with the film’s story and aesthetic. It’s difficult to discern a particular sample that could be considered a replacement for John Williams’ iconic Superman theme, but perhaps it’s for the best that Zimmer didn’t attempt to one-up Williams; there’s no reason that the Man of Steel score shouldn’t be able to peacefully co-exist with other Superman movie soundtracks.

With the details of the soundtrack, and the sneak peek at its contents, comes a full track list that – be warned – includes song titles which could be considered mild spoilers for the film.

Standard edition CD track list:

  1. Look To The Stars
  2. Oil Rig
  3. Sent Here For A Reason
  4. DNA
  5. Goodbye My Son
  6. If You Love These People
  7. Krypton’s Last
  8. Terraforming
  9. Tornado
  10. You Die Or I Do
  11. Launch
  12. Ignition
  13. I Will Find Him
  14. This Is Clark Kent
  15. I Have So Many Questions
  16. Flight
  17. What Are You Going To Do When You Are Not Saving The World?
  18. Man of Steel (Hans’ Original Sketchbook)

Additional tracks on Deluxe Edition:

  • Are You Listening, Clark?
  • General Zod
  • You Led Us Here
  • This Is Madness
  • Earth
  • Arcade

Finally, as part of their ‘Invincible Alaskan Adventure’ competition, Hershey has revealed two new promotional images of Henry Cavill as Superman (shared with neutral backgrounds by the Superman: Man of Steel Facebook community fanpage).

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The second image is almost indistinguishable from the one used for Empire’s Man of Steel special, but the first is particularly striking and would probably make for a rather nice poster if properly composed. Superman’s new suit has a distinctly sturdy look to it, which is probably a good thing considering the “violence” of flight that Snyder has promised we’ll see as the fledgling superhero finds his feet (so to speak) in Man of Steel.

Do you like what you’re hearing in the soundtrack? Share your thoughts on the music samples – and on what those song titles might mean – in the comments.

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Man of Steel is out in theaters on June 14, 2013.

Source: Amazon, Superman Homepage and Hershey’s.

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  1. I love Zimmer’s work, esp Gladiator, Last Samurai, and Batman Begins. Looking forward to hearing the entire score along with seeing the movie. I hope Lisa Gerrard’s vocals appear somewhere in the score too. Will be happy to add the Limited Edition to my collection of 200+ soundtracks! :-)

  2. I was expecting Zimmer to deliver some form of Gladiator 2.0 based on the preview clips of the movie to date. Based on the audio preview clips it sounds a lot more like a McCreary BSG soundtrack.

    I like Zimmer’s work in Batman and Gladiator but they cannot stand on their own without the movie. That’s true for the Inception soundtrack too but that one struck a chord with me and is the only one I felt compelled to buy.

    As to the poster who said comparing Zimmer to Williams is unfair – sorry I totally disagree. Williams score is the perfect encapsulation of SuperMan. The score, like the character, is indelibly stamped into pop culture. Williams score cannot be improved upon and based on the samples from Zimmer’s score it sounds like Zimmer acknowledged that and has gone in a totally different direction.

    Whether that gambit works or not remains to be seen.

    Hey I still have fond memories of the George Reeves TV theme song!

    • There are clear echoes of the television theme in William’s theme.
      When my brother first heard the John William’s version he asked
      me “isn’t this the TV theme?”, he thought it was that alike.
      I would not go that far but the inspiration is evident.

      • Trust me, it’s not.
        Your brother was hearing things.

        • Listen to the theme I posted below.
          I hear it too. The influence is there.

  3. Just samples….nothing to form an opinion on…which is great.The less spoilers,the better.
    Hans Zimmer gave badas scores for Batman, Joker and Bane….(the last one gave me goosebumps)….im sure he’ll do the same for Superman…especially since the score of trailer 3 being awesome.

  4. Here is the original television theme.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-buR1TMhvKo&list=WLEB4EA77111675CAF

    This was clearly John Williams’ inspiration
    which greatly influenced his own classic.

    Reruns of this show were on daily
    in the 70′s into the 80′s and George
    Reeves is my first and best Superman.

    • No, that wasn’t “clearly John Williams’ inspiration”.
      What was, was the symphonic music of Richard Strauss, as is the case with almost all of his post-romantic tonal scores.
      Who do you think inspired that TV music theme? Late 19th century German romanticism.

      I hate when people hear symphonic music and then think that it “sounds like” something else. There’s no similarity between this track and anything from Williams’ Superman score. The TV theme is arch-romantic, with no harmony that would be out of place before 1900. Williams is post-romantic, incorporating the expanded-tonal “Americana” harmony of Aaron Copland into his late-Straussian tonal idiom, in other words, not possible until at least the 1930′s or 40′s.

      So, no, the two definitely do not “sound alike”, other than sharing some common ancestral blood.

      • I did snot say that sound “alike”. I specifically said I would not go that far.
        And I made no commentary on the television theme’s inspiration.

        The themes do sound similar and that is self-evident.

    • I have to say, the only similarities between John Williams theme and The one from the 50*s is the march and trumpetsignals. But when it comes to types of marches there is big differences. The 50′s marsch of superman is more like it was made by a german or french composer. John Williams resembles more american marsch like John Philips Sousa or british marches that sounds and are a little bit faster.

  5. OK soory folks but with out that original superman musical score its lost its magic at least fur me, so far its all meh for me.

  6. I can only imagine there will be a flurry of fan made edits with the John Williams theme imposed, especially if the movie’s half as good as it seems it will be.

    Heck, they should just get on board and do an alternate version of the movie with the Williams theme, I know I’d buy it in a heartbeat…!

  7. I really didn’t like the samples. It seems that Hans uses a lot of percussion and it seems repetitive. If the movie sounds like the trailer #3 then it might be good

  8. I cant for the whole thing film and music, I seem to really like the music here, it has allot of percussion in it and it seems to deliver a real punch. I love all the work of Hans, He had a very challenging job here at confronting and revamping a new theme and score.

    What he has done judging from the samples and listening over and over, I dying to buy the soundtrack, Im really gearing up for this new film and soundtrack. I think Hanz has an astonishing and unique style and what he as done here is great, I am a deeply avid fan of the old music and what Hanz done here is terrific.

    Its not easy what he was asked to do, it took him nearly 3 months before he attempted to put a note down, but he has and think we should get behind him and let him know he has our support. He is probably in a situation now where he must be thinking Oh My God I hope its well received, it must have been one of the most daunting gigs he ever had to take on.

    Can you imagine being in his shoes and wake up one morning and go Sweet Lord i have to put music to Superman….! what a challenge,, lets rally behind him and give him our thumbs up,,

  9. I cant wait for the whole thing film and music, I seem to really like the music here, it has allot of percussion in it and it seems to deliver a real punch. I love all the work of Hans, He had a very challenging job here at confronting and revamping a new theme and score.

    What he has done judging from the samples and listening over and over, I dying to buy the soundtrack, Im really gearing up for this new film and soundtrack. I think Hanz has an astonishing and unique style and what he as done here is great, I am a deeply avid fan of the old music and what Hanz done here is terrific.

    Its not easy what he was asked to do, it took him nearly 3 months before he attempted to put a note down, but he has and think we should get behind him and let him know he has our support. He is probably in a situation now where he must be thinking Oh My God I hope its well received, it must have been one of the most daunting gigs he ever had to take on.

    Can you imagine being in his shoes and wake up one morning and go Sweet Lord i have to put music to Superman….! what a challenge,, lets rally behind him and give him our thumbs up,,

  10. Check out my mock up of “This is Clark Kent”

  11. I usually like Hans Zimmer. But I now listened to his Man of steel and wondered. WHAT THE HELL!! This is actually utterly garbage. Its the same type of musik as in Dark Knight Rises. What are they thinking. Sure, the music should fit perfectly with Dark Knight, but Superman. Oh my god, this is so bad. Without originality and so far. I dont know what to say almost. I ‘ve lost words. I know Hans Zimmer can do so much better than this! No, this I wont even download for free. Its as I said, rubbish. Bring back someone who can write music that fits this here. Why not John Ottman, or Michael Giacchino that would at least made the music memorable. God, this is bad!!! SO Bad… I hate it… I really do hate this soundtrack!

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