While making a film there are many things that need consideration to bring out the best output. The story, cast, set, direction, and music. Music helps to set the tone for the story. Zack Snyder kept this thing in mind while filming the 2013 Man of Steel. It was not the first time Superman had his own theme music. But Zack Snyder wanted something new and different for his film Man of Steel. Hans Zimmer, the German film score composer, composed the score for Man of Steel.
A new post on social media has revealed what happened with the theme music of Man of Steel. And how Hans Zimmer, who initially refused to compose the score, ended up composing the entire theme for the film.
Why Zack Snyder Did Not Opt for John Williams’ Score in Man of Steel?
Before Hans Zimmer, John Williams composed the most memorable theme for Superman in 1978. This score was used in every Superman film with various iterations except Superman III. There is no doubt that the score was amazing. However, when Zack Snyder took over the direction of Man of Steel, he was asked to use something new in the film.
A storyboard artist of the Man of Steel, Jay Oliva, clarified a rumor about Snyder wanting a new score for Man of Steel. A person shared an experience claiming that Snyder did not use John Williams’ score for Cavill’s Superman because he “hated Superman and all he stands for.”
Jay Oliva replied to this and explained why they opted for the new theme music for Man of Steel. She said that she and Snyder loved the original theme. But Warner Bros did not allow them to use the music and asked them to opt for new music for the film from Hans Zimmer.
She said, “The studio wouldn’t let us use it because they wanted something new for this Superman. It turned out to be a good thing because Hans’ theme was perfect.” After this, Zimmer came in and composed the score. Zack Snyder himself said that he avoided listening to Williams’s theme after Zimmer was brought onboard.
Zack Snyder Helped Hans Zimmer to Overcome His Doubts
Zimmer shared how he ended up working on the film with Snyder. He said he tried to approach the new theme music concerning what had been done before. He also shared that he was hesitant to compose the score at first.
But Zack Snyder helped him overcome his doubts. He said after listening to the plot of the film, he realized that it was so different. He said, “I sat down with Zack, and I said, ‘Tell me the story,’ which was so different and so much more about things that I knew about.”
Considering how different Man of Steel was from the earlier Superman films, John Williams’ music would not have been appropriate for Cavill’s Superman.
Hans Zimmer went on to work on Batman VS Superman: Dawn of Justice and wrote the soundtrack of Wonder Woman 1984. Parts from his Man of Steel and Batman VS Superman soundtracks were used in the 2017 Justice League and later in 2021 Justice League: Snyder Cut.
Source: The Direct