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.


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

Source: Amazon, Superman Homepage and Hershey’s.

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  1. Solid score didnt blow me away but ill wait for the final project

  2. I have to admit, I was a little concerned about Zimmer filling Williams shoes, but I like the samples overall. Several of them struck very resonant chords with me and I wish I could have heard the whole track. I have not bought a movie soundtrack in a while. This may have to go into my collection.

  3. Sounds very Hans Zimmer. Which is high praise.

  4. I’m gonna get crucified for this but, Zimmer is pretty much Williams 2.0. Not in his style, but in his talent. His body of work is going to be just as iconic as Williams’s has been in the years to come. Admitedly John Williams’ musical scores are more recognizable and have a more definite melody, but I atribute a lot of that to time.

    • I tend to view Zimmer’s music as sound experiments as opposed to landmarks (like Williams’).
      I mean, remember what he did for TDK? Razor blades on string instruments, unnerving screeches. Not truly memorable like the classic theme, but god-damn brilliant anyway.

      • you realize that all of that has been done before by other composers.. going back almost 50 years, right? Zimmer didn’t invent any of that.

  5. Sounds very generic. I miss proper memorable themes in that sample collection. Instead, there is just a lot of drum play and some spherical sounds.

    • Yes!!! I agree. Batman Begins and the Pirates of the Caribbean scores were great and definable. Hans Zimmer I feel has toned it down to ambiance in his most recent films. I don’t know yet about MoS though

  6. Again, I do question whether heavy percussions fit a Superman movie, and yes, I do have a John Williams bias. However, I did enjoy Zimmer’s Dark Knight soundtrack, and may buy this after I’ve seen the movie.

    Zimmer is the only composer I’ve bought a soundtrack for in recent memory. No other CBM soundtrack has elicited a similar response.

  7. Not Impressed with the Score, But I am Still going to see the movie after trailer 3 won me over. I Prefer John Williams Score and Always will.

  8. It doesnt match the awesome guitar screen scratching from the dark knight when the joker was onscreen

    • I’m pretty sure it was a cello note being played slowly.

      • I thought on the special features he stated it was a razor blade on a guitar string. I could be wrong tho

        • Nah it was an electric cello. I have an unhealthy obsession with the Nolan Batman trilogy so I’ve watched the Special Features a couple of times haha

  9. Anyone notice the track title “This Is Madness”?

    Sounds like a certain line from another Snyder film xD

  10. Hans Zimmer is a god among men. It never ceases to amaze me that someone who is basically a rent-a-composer can produce such sublime music so consistently.

    That being said, this sounded pretty ordinary. And since I still cannot forgive the doing away with Supes s-curl lock of hair and red pants, I’m yet to see anything that changes my general negative disposition to this movie. Still waiting to be impressed.

    • I wouldn’t give Zimmer THAT much praise. Some of the stuff he dd with TDK trilogy was good, but I don’t think it is a pure classic masterpiece like Danny Elfman’s Batman ’89 them and score.

      However, I did love his stuff for the Sherlock Holmes films

      • Pirates? The Lion King? Inception? (to name a few) I’d say he deserves a little praise.

        • Plus Gladiator and The Last Samurai- his best work, in my opinion.

      • Gladiator Soundtrack.

  11. Didn’t listen to it, waiting for the movie. I’m done watching, or listening, to anything MoS related.

  12. My sense is the “hook” of the main theme
    has been withheld so far and not in these clips.

  13. I don’t know the more I see and hear from this film the more my excitement level is going down. The music samples are very generic Hans Zimmer throwaways from his previous films.

  14. *sigh* May’s gonna be a long month… isn’t it?

  15. Damn he has some sick drummers on there, Tool’s Danny Carey, Jason Bonham son of Zepplin’s legendary John Bonham, and Frank Zappa’s ( amongst others) Vinnie Colaiuta. Impressive

  16. Didn’t blow me away or anything, but still a solid score. Still need to hear more of it.

    But that first pic of Cavill is really badass! I’m not looking at a pic of him in a Suerman costume, I’m looking at a pic OF Superman.

  17. I liked the bit from the third trailer (which was confirmed to be part of the score), but none of the samples really sounded as good…

    • I think that was a slice of the main theme in the
      trailer which is deliberately absent in these clips.

  18. I think we didn’t hear much of the score to judge it, we need to listen to it full IMO.

    • +1

  19. cant wait to listen to the full soundtrack sounds amazing

  20. Not bad. Not exactly as iconic as William’s ‘Can You Read My Mind’ and his Superman (triumphant) theme song. But I put those along with the Bond theme, Beverly Hills Cop theme, and Star Wars theme. Those themes are all purely recognizable and inspirational. They don’t come quite often. So kudos to Zimmer.

    • I could whistle any of those films theme’s for you, but this just sounds like generic trailer music.

      As a kid you could run around the playground singing the Superman theme, it was iconic. There is none of that here.

    • I had the main theme from Thor stuck in my head for weeks, and I’m a musician.. it was VERY frustrating.

      I immediately recognize the main theme from Captain America in The Avengers (the final battle, when Cap jumps off the bus).

      So yes, they have VERY recognizable themes. And they are actual “themes”.

      I can NOT say the same for anything that Zimmer has ever “composed”. I don’t think of him as a composer, but rather as a sort of sound engineer. He seems more interested in creating environments than in actually writing music.

      I guess that can work in a film, but it carries zero interest for me.

  21. Most of the people here are just dumb, he is not competeing with williams and u cant compare them, we are all attached to williams bcos that was the first one we fell in love with, y’all need to let go and move on, no one is going to outscore williams, but zimmers work is freakishly amazing, inception, al the batman mivies and this, best scires of the decade,

  22. The Prince of Egypt and Batman Begins are my favorites by him. Too bad he didn’t reprise the more catchy theme of Batman Begins in TDK and TDKR…

    • +1. Begins is the one that I listen to the most.
      Had the most moving songs of all 3 soundtracks.

  23. The first one sounds similar to SUPERMAN RETURNS soundtrack

    • I beg to differ sir.
      The Superman Returns soundtrack was 1000 times better than this.
      John Ottman used the original John Williams theme very well in that mixed with his own new score.

  24. Dull, dull, dull.
    This is just another reason that I have no interest in seeing this re-make.

  25. I really wish one of those tracks stuck out like a sore thumb as in, ‘that’s it, there it is, that’s the new Superman theme song!’ cue the goosebumps. As some of you have speculated, perhaps there is a great theme song they’re sitting on, I dunno, can’t quite grasp the logic in that but it doesn’t mean it’s not the case. I’m saying this as a fan of Zimmer but DKRises had some terrific musical cues in the trailer that went lost for some reason in the film, at least in my opinion. All the above music was excellent, but this film needs its emotional high points to really really hit eleven, I really do think superhero movies depend on that kind of stuff, it’s why we buy all the outrageous superpowers and what not, the emotional truth of the thing. The first two Christopher Reeve movies had this in spades, it’s why they worked and still hold up so well.

    Not to sound cynical, I think this movie is gonna be terrific. But to leave still humming a new classic theme song for the Superman of the new era would be heaven.

    • The score is by Hans Zimmer. That’s just never going to happen.

  26. I think Zimmer has made Batman sounded like his own, and this will be no exception. I have no doubts.

  27. Remember the ending for The Dark Knight? If it’s not because of Zimmer, we will never felt that. So here’s hoping another goosebumps towards the end.