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  • Soundtrack: Man of Steel Deluxe Edition Soundtrack
  • Composer: Hans Zimmer
  • Distributor: Water Tower Music (Warner Brothers)
  • Original Year of Release: 2013
  • Includes: 2 Disc Set with Expanded Score
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Man of Steel Deluxe Edition Soundtrack Review

Before and After the Film

By Robert T. Trate     June 24, 2013

The hardest part of reviewing a soundtrack with Superman in the film is getting over years of nostalgia and John Williams’ perfect theme. It’s a theme that is still used to this day to invoke a triumphant spirit. John Williams made us all believe a man could fly with his incredible score, a score so insurmountable that John Ottman’s own Superman Returns score was no more a tribute than an original piece of music. 

Now with Man of Steel in theaters and our collective pop culture, Christopher Nolan and Zach Snyder have done what must be done. To sever themselves from the Richard Donner films of the past, they have commissioned Hans Zimmer to write a completely new score for the Man of Steel. No trace of Williams’ score will be present. Hans Zimmer did re-write the Batman theme on Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy, thus making him the sensible choice. 

I wanted to give Zimmer’s score its fair shake. The Williams score has been embedded in my mind since 1978. How could it not be? It was featured in 5 films and runs for 5 straight minutes in the first film’s opening title sequence alone. I decided to listen to the Man of Steel score first as its own piece of music and then again after I watched the film.

Pre - Man of Steel
The brilliance of the Man of Steel Deluxe Edition is that it includes “Man of Steel - Han’s Original Sketchbook” on a separate disc (track #1), a 28 minute sampling of the score. It has a feeling to it that we are constantly rushing towards something. Without having seen the film, I can either deduce that it is Clark and his destiny to become Superman or Superman facing off against General Zod. 

Track #6 (Disc 1) “If You Love These People” has some echos of Zimmer’s Academy Award nominated music from Gladiator. Though as the choir chimes in, it has a slightly more angelic sound. 

Track #1 (Disc 1) “Look to the Stars” starts off on a majestic triumph that is slightly reminiscent of William’s “The Planet Krypton”. However, it then breaks into a science fiction feel that has never been done before, seriously, in a Superman movie. It is unique and far different from Track #2 (Disc 1) “Oil Rig” which feels just like The Dark Knight Rises.

Track #14 (Disc 1) “This is Clark Kent” supplies quiet moments of reflection as I can only assume are Clark’s. Yet, pieces of this were in trailer and connected to Diane Lane’s Martha Kent. 

Track #3 (Disc 2) “General Zod” is so distinctly the bad guy’s music, I didn’t even need to know the track title to figure it out. 

After listening to the complete score, it was Track #17 (Disc 1) “What Are You Going to Do When You Are Not Saving the World?” that we finally had a theme emerge. It has to be the finale to the film. It was simply incredible. 
Post - Man of Steel

Perhaps the greatest determent of hearing John Williams’ iconic score was listening to Hans Zimmer’s over and over again. I never struggled with inserting William’s theme during the opening title sequence or even the wide shots of Krypton. “Planet Krypton” is by far one of my favorite pieces of music by him. As many of you undoubtedly know by now, Zimmer delivers. 

When I first learned that Zimmer would be scoring the Man of Steel, I thought it was the perfect choice. He has become the new John Williams and has been delivering iconic scores this whole century. On a much smaller scale, it makes sense that Zimmer delivers a Man of Steel score. After his completion of The Dark Knight Trilogy, it only makes sense that he would do the music for the Man of Steel. After all, they are a shared universe. 

While listening to the score again, the music quickly sparked memories of the dazzling visuals that transpired. However, the whole score, like its predecessor, Batman Begins, seems like a starting point. Each track is building to that final moment. Zimmer keeps us emotionally invested, yet pushes us all to that final moment. “What are you going to do when you are not saving the world” is more than just the final track of the score. It is our starting point for a whole new saga of Superman stories. 


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Dazzler 6/24/2013 3:58:11 AM

New Superman movie is great but the soundtrack is not a rush out and buy. 

spiderhero 6/24/2013 6:29:38 AM

I thought the music was all build up, but never really went there. I will have to find a way to listen to that last track you mentioned b/c I don't remember the score actually delivering a theme. Of course, I may have just missed it.

karas1 6/24/2013 9:03:08 AM

I thought the music was over grandiose and too over the top.  While watching the movie I was destracted by the music.  Instead of being engaged by the action on the screen I was thinking "Really???"

Daybreak0100 6/24/2013 4:11:16 PM

 I rather enjoyed the music.. don't know what you guys are talking about. 

mlaforce 6/24/2013 5:32:13 PM

I enjoyed it as well but to each there own I'm thinking

jedibanner 6/24/2013 6:57:22 PM

It was different but I did felt the music was pulling me in the action and the moments, made the movie a bit more enjoyable since it wasn't a perfect movie by a long stretch but the music was great.

thezillaman 6/24/2013 7:54:34 PM

 music was cool I like the build up and had a kinda like the broken arrow sound at times only very synthesized..

Wiseguy 6/25/2013 5:20:11 AM

There was music in MOS?

samson 6/25/2013 4:29:26 PM

 I didn't like the score in Nolan's Batman films and I didn't like the score for MOS. No, you know what, that's not entirely true. It's just that I don't remember it. Zimmer's work seems remarkably un remarkable to me. 

All the great scores had clearly identifiable melodies that stuck in your mind long after the movie is over. The original Superman theme, Star Wars, Raders of The Lost Ark, Bond, Tim Burton's Batman, etc ... All have stood the test of time. Heck, I almost got a speeding ticket because Elfman's melody was so strong and identifiable and charged with energy.

I forget Zimmer's stuff before I hit the theater door. That's not the door that goes to the parking lot, mind you. That's the door that goes to the main hallway from auditorium . And for me, a songwriter by trade, to forget any piece of music that quickly says a lot about how much his work says not much at all.

DarkXid 6/26/2013 6:06:23 AM

 Sorry if I type Zimmerman instead of Zimmer, it happens.

I loved the music I heard in the film, and the end credit music. For me it was a blessing that it wasn't in my face all the time.

I also loved what was done with the soundtrack in the Dark Knight Rises. A lot of key moments in that movie were enhanced by the use of music, and doing without it. I remember there not being any music when Bane and Batman square off in the sewer, which was the right choice. It added something to the mood. Which really, what is what music is there for.

John Williams scores are the greatest, iconic and perhaps even epic. I'm glad they got away from it with Man of Steel. They had to, shoot. I loved the fanfare of Superman's theme but, it got to be almost a joke in Superman Returns.

There are some awesome soundtracks that stick in my head, most are by Williams. Superman & Star Wars, heck even his prequel music was awesome, same cannot be said for the movies. Zimmer's scores are good, I really think the big decision on music is how the director incorporates the soundtrack into their movie.

But a real well done soundtrack for me is both easy to listen to, elicits an emotional response, and can put me right back in that theater, no visual movie needed. Star Trek VI does this for me. That soundtrack, was perfect, although it should be remastered because it is a bit dirty, but the thing carries the excitement and drama of the movie. I am hoping the Man of Steel soundtrack does the same. It'll take time, at the moment I just like watching the movie to see Superman PUNCH THE SHIT OUT OF PEOPLE.

Seriously. He punched nothing in Returns. Hell, Luthor punches and stabs him, but Superman throws no punches. When I come down off my orgasmic high of seeing Superman do big damage, the soundtrack will be my continuing high. I'm hoping it lives up to it. The themes I heard in the movie were enough to push me to buy the soundtrack. I'm hoping like Star Trek, Star Wars, the first Superman that it will be playing in my music players for years to come.

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