Superman Returns score available
June 19, 2006
Given my great love of famed film composer John Williams' work, I was very curious to see what John Ottman, composer for Bryan Singer's upcoming film, Superman Returns, could come up with. The entire score is now available for listening–though not for downloading–and at this point, 3/5 or so of the way through it, I really like what I'm hearing. I haven't listened to any of Williams' scores in some time, but it seems that Ottman is doing an admirable job of incorporating familiar cues into the largely original work he's doing for this film.
We start off with the wonderful Superman March that we all know and love–if you don't know what I'm talking about, just listen and you soon will–and move from there to some lovely underscore for flashback's to Clark's childhood (I think) and then on to big, set piece plane rescue and all its associated bombast. Ottman makes great use of a choir on several pieces to both sentimental and ominos effect (not simultaneosly, of course). And of course, Kevin Spacey's Lex Luthor has a suitably menacing, yet playful, theme to announce his presence. In all, a rather delightful experience and one that I'll likely purchase once it becomes available (the 27th). Now if only I were this confident about the film.
–D. S. W.