Hans Zimmer and John Williams are probably my two favorite film composers of all time, so I was very keen to see how Zimmer would tackle the job of crafting a score for the new Superman film, Man of Steel. The soundtrack for the latter was suitably epic, and I actually think the way it’s structured says a lot about the themes of the film.
After the jump, you’ll find my thoughts on an excerpt from each score. I tried to point out patterns and elements in each track that I thought were important but I’m not particularly well-versed in musical theory so I’m open to your constructive feedback. If you disagree with my thoughts, feel free to put forward alternate explanations (e.g. just saying “you are reading too much into the music” does not add anything to the conversation). Have at it!
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Zack Snyder‘s Superman revival, Man of Steel, opens later this week, to launch what could well be the next phase of WB’s collaboration with DC Comics. We’ll have a review up this evening, but in the meantime you can listen to all of Hans Zimmer‘s score for the film. We’ve heard tantalizing bits, but Spotify now has the whole score streaming.
As always in this situation, you may want to wait a few days to listen, until after you’ve had a chance to soak up the music as part of the film. But if you can’t wait, a player is ready for your listening pleasure. Read More »
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Briefly: Each time we get the chance to pass along a bit of info about Christopher Nolan‘s next film, Interstellar, it is typically just a name, as the details of the sci-fi script are being kept quiet. Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Michael Caine, and Jessica Chastain are in the cast, for example, but we can’t tell you much about any of their characters.
We know that Nolan’s long-time cinematographer Wally Pfister won’t shoot the film, due to his directorial commitment on Transcendence, but that Hoyte Van Hoytema (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) will reportedly shoot instead. Nolan and Van Hoytema will reportedly use IMAX-format cameras for a significant portion of the film — more even than Nolan and Pfister used for The Dark Knight Rises.
Now there’s one more confirmed piece of the puzzle, and as with some of the cast it won’t really come as a surprise. Collider talked to composer Hans Zimmer about his work on Man of Steel, and asked about Interstellar. “I wrote something…and I’m writing that, he replied. “So, yes, we have started.”
Insterstellar, which depicts “a heroic interstellar voyage to the furthest reaches of our scientific understanding,” opens on November 7, 2014.
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Since before Zack Snyder‘s new Superman film, Man of Steel, even went into production, we’ve wondered how the score might turn out. John Williams’ score for Richard Donner’s 1978 Superman: The Movie has become heralded as one of the more iconic film scores of the past few decades, with Williams’ main theme practically defining Superman on screen.
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Like I said, unenviable.
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