John Williams’ Classic Superman Theme Will Not Be Heard In MAN OF STEEL

Last month, we brought you two teaser trailers for director Zack Snyder‘s (300, Watchmen) forthcoming Superman reboot Man of Steel, starring Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Antje Traue and Russell Crowe.

Shortly after those trailers were released, freelance Canadian film maker Julian Francis Adderly re-cut one of the trailers with John Williams score, replacing Howard Shore’s temporary score used in the trailer. Check it out below!

I personally feel the same way about John Williams‘ theme for Superman theme, as I do about the Danny Elfman’s theme for Batman. I feel that they belong to the character, not a specific movie version, and should always be used for said character. Sadly, Zack Snyder and the powers-that-be don’t share my feelings.

While speaking with TotalFilm (via Coventry Telegraph), Snyder revealed that they will not be using Williams’ legendary score for the last son of Krypton’s return to the big screen:

“We decided to act as if no Superman film had been made – even though we love the films that have been made. We had to say this is a Superman movie for the first time and you can’t then go ‘Oh, now let’s steal a little music. So, yes it’s awesome music but Hans Zimmer is going to do something awesome.”

“We have great respect for the canon. I would say it is a clashing of stories and ideas. Superman is the king-daddy of all superheroes – to make him work is a big deal. The big challenge is if you can make people feel ‘What would you do if you were Superman?’ That’s what we went out to do as far as we could. Superman’s always been this kind of big blue boy-scout up on a throne that nobody can really touch, so we tried to make him relatable.”

Teaser Trailer: Man of Steel (Jonathan Kent)

Teaser Trailer: Man of Steel (Jor-El)


In the pantheon of superheroes, Superman is the most recognized and revered character of all time. Clark Kent/Kal-El (Cavill) is a young twentysomething journalist who feels alienated by powers beyond anyone’s imagination. Transported to Earth years ago from Krypton, an advanced alien planet, Clark struggles with the ultimate question – Why am I here? Shaped by the values of his adoptive parents Martha (Lane) and Jonathan Kent (Costner), Clark soon discovers that having super abilities means making very difficult decisions. But when the world needs stability the most, it comes under attack. Will his abilities be used to maintain peace or ultimately used to divide and conquer? Clark must become the hero known as “Superman,” not only to shine as the world’s last beacon of hope but to protect the ones he loves.

Man of Steel stars Henry Cavill as Clark Kent/Superman, Amy Adams as Daily Planet journalist Lois Lane, Laurence Fishburne as The Daily Planet’s editor-in-chief, Perry White, Diane Lane and Kevin Costner as Clark Kent’s adoptive parents, Martha and Jonathan Kent. Michael Shannon as the villainous General Zod, Antje Traue as Zod’s evil partner, Faora, Julia Ormond as Lara Lor-Van, Superman’s mother, and Russell Crowe as Superman’s father, Jor-El.

Man of Steel is slated to hit theaters on June 14th, 2013.

Jason Moore
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