Skip to comments.Man of Steel: Preview of Hans Zimmerís Score & New Images
Posted on 05/03/2013 6:08:16 AM PDT by Perdogg
When Hans Zimmer was invited by Zack Snyder to compose the score for this summers 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.
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Reading the music boards about Zimmer is interesting. The synth guys are fairly polarised on him, but some of the classical types seem to think he’s a talentless hack.
Whatever he is, he does not suck ;)
How do we know it’s a blockbuster? I hate this hype of movies. Premature.
I cringe at any attempt to reinvent a great movie. Especially in this age of cynicism and “darkness” and “reality”.
A crime that Donner’s original versions never made it to the theaters...
The next year, we got another guy who looked just like Christopher Reeve, so of course we called him Superman II.
That year we did a show in the first Superman's hometown, and he came by to say Hi. We immediately grabbed him and took him over, and introduced Superman to Superman II. Talk about Doppelgangers, they could have been brothers.
Nothing to do with this thread, just a cool story. And Hans Zimmer's good to go.
But I love the cadence and the intervals in “Can You Read My Mind”.
I guess I’m old fashioned and unsophisticated, as I like music with a “hook”.
It was good enough for Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, The Beatles, the Stones, and even John Williams, so I’m not ashamed to say it!
Depends on the movie IMO. Some should have been dark to begin with but due to either PR concerns or the tech of the time, were all ‘prettied up’.
70s/80s Superman movies were of their time and IMO Superman never was that ‘dark’ to begin with. The 80s Batman movies were entertaining, but the new ones to me aren’t even dark enough. The entire Batman story is blacker than black top to bottom.
It just depends.
I loved “The Rock” soundtrack.
Not overly impressed yet by what I hear.
There’s no way to know how it will perform in the theatres, because it would depend on what it is up against. However, everything I’ve seen suggests that it will break $500 million minimally.
That is blockbuster territory.
Agree, I think what is hear is mostly just background music. I hope I’m right.
The drum stuff sounds like standard intense emotion or action scenes music, complete with the “galloping” cadence effect.
The slow stuff sounds weak. Hope it’s just background.
I just don’t like telling us it’s a blockbuster when real people haven’t judged it yet. Like Ryan Leaf was going to be the greatest QB ever.
Have you seen the reconstructed version? It stinks. Lester improved on Donner’s original in every way.
I listen to SKY.FM at work. They have multiple channels but the only one I listen to is the movie soundtrack channel. Hans Zimmer’s work on quite a bit. You should check it out sometime.
Completely disagree. End of story.
That’s just marketing.
By telling us that it’s a blockbuster, it will influence more people to see the show than turn off from seeing the show.
superman needs red over-undies....
anything else would be revisionist history.
I think Zimmer did the score 4 Black Hawk Down-—I heard it on the radio, not knowing what it was, and was knocked out by it, then made a point o* tracking it down to *ind out....John Batchelor, when he had his 9PM-midnight show on NY market radio, used to exclusively play movie soundtrack themes, ALL instrumental , as bumper music on his show. ALL o* it was great. That piece was among the best. Interesting to hear all that movie music out o context-—you realize just how good it is.
Thank You for your AFFIRMATION.
I agree with you. Perhaps they are holding on to “The Big Number”(with the hook!) until the release of the film.
And you are right about the drum cadence. I have heard it in dozens of movies already!
Hard to resist that argument! The original Superman was bland and campy. Richard Lester added personal touches into the sequel that a commercial hack like Donner would never have. Superman 2 fits perfectly into Lester’s recurring themes of anti-nostalgia and de-mythologizing heroism (finding out heroes weren’t as invulnerable or perfect as you thought they would be). It’s there in his two Beatles films, in Petulia, in Robin and Marian and certainly in Superman 2.
That was a cool story.
Sarah Douglas was hot!!
“Can you read my mind” stands out 4 me in the original “Superman” movie as a transcendent expression o* beauty
which managed to transport the romantic aspirations o* Lois and Clark(and OURS)into a meditative tryst that was easily the best thing in the movie, and one o the best things I have seen in ANY movie.
The intervals start out so simply...the root, major third, the 5th...baby stuff, then it just takes off!
kind of like the notes are saying
“Up, Up, and Awayyyyyyy”
It SINGS. If music doesn’t “Sing” I have a hard time enjoying it. I am a Bass Player, and my Teacher (Who is a genuine Rock Star, not kidding!) told me that even a BASS LINE should be a singable melody.
Kneel before Zod!
I love Zimmer’s work.
He did great doing the score for Crysis 2.
John Williams lifted that melody from Richard Strauss’ ‘Death and Transfiguration’.
I don’t doubt that one bit! LOL!
Just like Andrew Lloyd Webber stole the melody from Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E for “I don’t know how to love him”! hahaha
And remember...IF you MUST steal...
Steal from the BEST!
Whenever I hear Tchaikovsky’s 4th Symphony, my mind sings the Russian Folk Song Lyrics from “V’polye beryoza stayala”, the tune from which he lifted the main theme of the last movement. LOL.
Tchaikovsky didn’t ‘lift’ that tune...it was a conscious quote that all his Russian listeners would have understood. Using folk material was very common at the time. Russians were especially obsessed with it.
Glad to see a story about scoring that I think is one of the most underrated parts film making.
I like Hans Zimmer a lot: “As Good As It Gets”. Listen to the insectoid syncopations therein.
My favorite right now though is Carter Burwell’s “Alamo” from 2004. Such beautiful themes that he makes the approach to sound so simple....
OK...I know what you mean, and agree. He quoted church music too. Liszt did the same thing in his “Hungarian Rhapsodies”. John Williams (and Andrew Lloyd Webber) should have attributed their melodies as well to their predecessors. As should have Paul Simon in “American Tune”. It’s OK to pay “Tribute” to previous melodies, or even to gather them together for a “Rhapsody”, but not OK to pass them off as one’s own.
Just my humble opinion as a Songwriter. When I come up with a cool phrase, I WRACK MY BRAIN to make sure I didn’t hear it somewhere before. Sometimes, I toss the phrase away because it even SOUNDS like I might have lifted it, even if it is original. Maybe I am a wee bit too meticulous, but I sure as heck don’t wanna get sued! LOL!
Oh wow...I am listening to “Quiet Mountain” right now.
Thank you for sharing this.
First, steal a chicken...
Ha Ha Ha!
I’ve always liked that one. I think I first heard it in college, from a Theory/Comp professor.
Interesting, coming from a professor! :-)
The only flaw, (and it is a big one) in the original Superman movie was in the flight love scene between Superman and Lois Lane, they don’t play the song, just Margo Kidder voicing her thoughts, which are the words of the song. Ugh.
“One of these days, you and I are going to have a serious disagreement.”
Sorry, your posts made me think of another movie to quote.
I think #17 “The Visitation Of Saint Ursula” is one of the most beautiful developments I’ve heard in a very long time. I also love the piano segment of #17, “The Last Night”. Burwell is an extremely gifted man, I think. I’ve got to check out some of his other work.
Best to you both.
I actually don’t see that as a problem. Just poetry being spoken. Kind of neat actually.
And we were always able to tell the two apart, we were professional, there was never a problem.
Yeah...THAT was lame.
Makes me want to see the movie.
(I KNOW it’s probably revisionist!)
That is indeed a blessing!
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