Superman A Hans Zimmer Score Will Help ‘Man of Steel’ Soar written by John Bierly June 19, 2012 Art by Sergio Sole In December 2010, I wrote a hard-hitting investigative piece debunking a rumor that Academy Award winner (and consistent nominee) Hans Zimmer (IMDB) was definitely going to score the Christopher Nolan-produced, Zack Snyder-directed Superman relaunch, “Man of Steel,” based solely on a comment he made. At the time, Zimmer was only thinking out loud when asked about the possibility, but several sites ran with it as if it were gospel. As of this week, it finally is. Variety reports that Nolan’s go-to musical maestro will score “Man of Steel.” Zimmer hasn’t spoken publicly yet about getting the gig, but we can revisit the composer’s original pondering that started the rumor mill churning way back in 2010: “It’s a hard one,” mused Zimmer, “but I followed one of the most iconic things on ‘Batman’ with Chris 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.’ So I think ultimately you’re supposed to reinvent.” My fellow Gentlemen and I spoke at length about this in a recent podcast. “Man of Steel” needs to have its own theme. On the other hand, it needs to be as big and as iconic as the infinitely memorable John Williams score (which remains my favorite movie music of all time). Based on his track record, Zimmer will undoubtedly deliver. Still no official word on when we’ll get our first trailer, but the good folks at Warner Bros. do have a Batman movie coming out in a month … and we’d still love to see an IMAX prologue before “The Hobbit” in December. “Man of Steel” stars Henry Cavill as Superman/Clark Kent, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Michael Shannon as General Zod and Antje Traue as his evil lieutenant Faora, Diane Lane and Kevin Costner as Clark’s adoptive Earth parents Martha and Jonathan Kent, Russell Crowe and Ayelet Zurer as his biological family Jor-El and Lara Lor-Van, Laurence Fishburne as Daily Planet editor Perry White, Richard Schiff as Dr. Emil Hamilton, and Christopher Meloni and Harry Lennix as military men called in to see what all these flying space people are carrying on about. And that’s how you cast a movie. 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January 2, 2017 Lois & Clark Strike a Pose March 11, 2013 New ‘Man of Steel’ Promotional Image June 7, 2012 Matthew Puetz While I am a little disappointed that it’s Hans Zimmer again, I’m also excited that it’s Hans Zimmer yet again. I just hope that his Man of Steel score separates itself from the Dark Knight scores so that it gives the film a completely different feel, and at the same time, has an iconic theme, one that has the audience humming it when they walk out of the theater. John Bierly It’s interesting that you say that, Matthew, because I kind of felt the same thing! I thought Mark Streitenfeld and Harry Gregson-William did some amazing work on the “Prometheus” that was otherworldly and majestic, and I’m a big fan of Michael Giacchino, too, and I kind of hoped we’d get someone young and hungry like that to come in and really come up with something spectacular and new. On the other hand, as you said, it’s impossible to be disappointed with Zimmer, whose music in the newer “Rises” spots and trailers is absolutely stunning (without resting on any of the laurels of the music from the previous two films). I really want a score that’ll make a 37-year-old man want to run home and pin a red towel around his neck. Nick The only Zimmer scores I’ve truly enjoyed are for the Nolan Batman films, because his style has never been something I’ve enjoyed, especially since its literally THE sound of every major action movie around in these modern times. I’ve listened to James Horner’s “The Amazing Spider-Man” and it flies (rather, swings) in the face of the propulsive synthetic action-driven scores that make up said action movies, and is a great throwback to what’s now a bygone era of melody and most of all, heart and emotion. Zimmer can play it ‘cool’, but can he give a hero like Superman the sense of heart and awe that he deserves? I remain extremely skeptical that he can. It may be a new era for Superman and Williams’ theme may not be the best approach, but it was certainly larger than life and Superman should be treated to a larger than life symphony, which is something Zimmer will likely avoid at all costs. As with everything, time will tell. Kerry Vanderberg Zimmer is the John Williams of the 21st century! I’m convinced. That man has had his hand on so many great films that are part of the fabric of this generations culture. The Nolan films (Batman and Inception), the Lion King, The Pirates of the Carribbean franchise, The Sherlock Holmes films, Gladiator. He’s just the man to do it. For me, the only other runner up would have been Howard Shore, for his fantastic score on LOTR. I want Alan Silvestri to stay at Marvel, as his work on CA and TA were great. I like Giacchino A LOT, but he seems to work best with JJ Abrams and anything PIXAR does. Zimmer was the main guy I’ve been rooting for to take on the score for MOS. It’s a daunting task, to be sure. But he’s got the right amount of talent and innovation to give Superman a new generation-defining sound. Christian Barger Have faith in Nolan & Zimmer. I don’t think I need to say anymore than that.