Zimmer Discusses ‘Man of Steel’ Score

Zimmer Discusses ‘Man of Steel’ Score
Germain Lussier - /Film

For Zack Snyder‘s Man of Steel, composer Hans Zimmer an unenviable task. Unlike in 2006′s Superman Returns where composer John Ottman was able to use John Williams‘ iconic 1978 Superman theme, Snyder preferred to distance his film from all of the previous Superman films. That meant Zimmer was tasked with writing music that would work to inspire in the context of the new film, but also wouldn’t be totally overshadowed by Williams.

I’ve been on record as liking Superman Returns. Still, I am looking forward to seeing what this complete reboot could bring to the table. And yet I still think there could have been room for that iconic Superman theme of Williams — even in a complete reboot. So, this is probably the most disappointing bit for me. How do you have Superman without his theme? I hope whatever music Zimmer comes up with is good, but it’s going to be hard to see it as anything other than wrong and incorrect. But I will try.

Look, that was daunting. Seriously. He’s the greatest film composer out there, without a doubt, and it happens to be one of his iconic pieces of music, so I spent three months just procrastinating and not even getting a start on the thing, because I was so intimidated: ‘Oh my God, I’m following in John Williams’ footsteps.’

Yeah, you’re doomed buddy…