No Superman music in Man of Steel
It's already painfully obvious that the Superman of this summer's Man of Steel won't be like any Superman that cinema has seen before. The kiss curl won't be there. The little red knickers won't be there. Hopefully – although this hasn't been officially confirmed – the ability to rebuild walls just by staring at them really hard won't be there either.
And nor will the instantly recognisable John Williams Superman theme. It's been replaced by a Hans Zimmer score, the first full track of which has just been posted online. The Zimmer track is undeniably powerful: building from hushed piano ambiance to a souped-up variation on The West Wing's theme tune that gets more and more apocalyptic until it collapses under its own weight, two and a half minutes in. The comments underneath its Soundcloud page are unanimously positive, ranging from "AMAZING!" to the slightly more confusing "Feel like this is a sudo-transition from the destruction of Krypton to the escape pod going to Earth, and Man of Steel".
But there's one thing that the Zimmer track isn't. It isn't as much of an earworm as the John Williams theme. I've given it a go, and it's actually pretty hard to hum with any degree of accuracy. It's difficult to imagine groups of schoolkids pelting around the playground with their jumpers tied around their necks, yelling out bits of this new soundtrack with all the mock heroism they can muster. In a way, that's a shame. Bombing around, shouting the Williams Superman theme – interspersed with bits of his Star Wars theme and Indiana Jones theme because, who were we kidding, they were all basically the same thing – represented about 75% of my entire childhood.
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