John Williams’ Superman Theme Will Not Be Used in ‘Man of Steel’

Director Zack Snyder confirms new information about the film’s score and reveals the current direction he’s taking ‘Superman’ in the upcoming reboot.

John William's iconic Superman music will not be heard in the upcoming Superman reboot
John William's iconic Superman music will not be heard in the upcoming Superman reboot
Man of Steel director Zack Snyder recently spoke out about the musical score and the how he wants the new film to depart from the originals. Apparently, he and composer Hans Zimmer are pretending that no other Superman movies in order to move away from John Williams' original theme.

"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."

In a recent interview with Total Film, the director elaborated his point about creating an entirely new Superman.

"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. We decided to act as if no Superman film had been made - even though we love the films that have been made... Superman is a big responsibility but I felt he needed to be reintroduced to a generation and I thought this was a great opportunity."

Man of Steel was released June 14th, 2013 and stars Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Diane Lane, Russell Crowe, Antje Traue, Harry Lennix, Richard Schiff. The film is directed by Zack Snyder.

Sources: Total Film

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  1. Geekster

    like derrrrrrrr

    2 years agoby @The-Mudder-F-cking-Loud-KillerFlag


    @mieko-siede No worries... I will find time to get into my music computer and get some writing done and send some samples your way

    3 years agoby @mcleve02Flag

  3. Robert McDougal

    No duh, this is such old news.

    3 years agoby @Robert-McDougalFlag

  4. Mieko_Siede

    @mcleve02 Sorry it took so long to comment back. Hectic day. I e-mailed you a little while ago. But what you suggested sounded fantastic.

    3 years agoby @mieko-siedeFlag


    @mieko-siede yes sir! I sent you an email about the vampire story... (not using its name on purpose for your sake!) Let me know if that is what you are looking at for that story or not...

    3 years agoby @mcleve02Flag

  6. Mieko_Siede

    @mcleve02 It makes perfect sense. We all have our roles and places within the fixtures we set ourselves in. The most important part is knowing that role so that how you apply it is most effective. It's like a coach to a sport. Most boxing coaches had very mediocre careers but they train the most elite boxers. Football coaches have an in depth understanding of how the positions work but weren't the best athletes themselves. Some of them had or have the talent that we'd never know of because the opportunities never presented themselves. But rather than leave the dream behind, they made it work for them in a more productive way. It's not always those that can't do that teach. It's more about guiding those behind you along. Reaching back and supporting those that may have shining chance.

    3 years agoby @mieko-siedeFlag


    @mieko-siede Agreed! And I wish everyone would go back to appreciating everyone's art and wanting to help each other get along! I guess it is a lot of why I came to peace with having a very local sort of job... I write for schools within my tristate area and teach with in them.. I sort of see it as my goal to teach the kids to be better musicians than I could ever be... If that mentality makes any sense!

    3 years agoby @mcleve02Flag

  8. Mieko_Siede

    @mcleve02 To be honest, it's a subject that burns me as well. It takes the "equal" out of opportunity. There are so many talents out there that will sadly never see the light of day. That's why I'd like to position myself to one day get to a point where I can help other's see their talents and dreams realized-at least to some degree. I have to to remain steadfast in my efforts. But arts and creativity are very dear to my heart.

    3 years agoby @mieko-siedeFlag


    @mieko-siede Yeah, and to be honest, needing a college degree for something such as writing or music to get a job is just insane to me... Yes, I am all for having classes to improve yourself, but talent should get the jobs in the creative world... What about people like our Hans Zimmer's who went to a very small school and got grabbed for his skills alone... Not because he went to some big college and got a degree, just passing by the skin of their teeth... I feel very strongly on this subject... it aches me that someone out there whose parents had the money to put them in schools like Berklee College of Music will get jobs over people who have 5x the amount of talent, but could only afford to get their degree at a community college

    3 years agoby @mcleve02Flag

  10. Mieko_Siede

    @mcleve02 I can imagine. With most things--unfortunately--you have to know someone that already has a key to the door. It's really too bad that skill alone isn't always enough.

    3 years agoby @mieko-siedeFlag


    @mieko-siede It's very hard to find that opening to dig into that world... you really have got to know somebody!!!

    3 years agoby @mcleve02Flag

  12. Mieko_Siede

    @mcleve02 I truly respect musicians. It takes a great deal of commitment to do what they do. Very few climb to elite status, but all who show the dedication are worthy of note.

    3 years agoby @mieko-siedeFlag


    @mieko-siede It's fine! I am the same exact way with dance... Even the flexibility requirements between a Martial Artist and a dancer different in muscles used and such, so I guess it sort of makes sense why its hard for us to translate what we do into dance... Music seriously just takes a lot of practice... yes you will have those who will pick it up right awy... but the key is to practice! and as I stress to people I teach, make sure you practice with a metronome! A true life saver!

    3 years agoby @mcleve02Flag


    @gumperman No worries! That's why I tried to reply in a way that showed I was not being nasty! haha and I do agree with your points 100% about Williams theme, the story should be the top priority focus for this!

    3 years agoby @mcleve02Flag

  15. gumperman

    @mcleve02 So why respond to my post the way you did, which I did find to be rude, when I wasn't even commenting on what you were writing about? Did you think I read all the comment pages and was trying to join in your conversation that I had no idea existed? I simply read the article and immediately commented. Yes, I shouldn't have assumed you were being rude, because who can decipher implied tone by words on the screen anyways. But again, I wasn't commenting towards you or any other user on this site when I first posted, just to whomever wrote this article on @movieweb. I was annoyed with the fact that it was even news in the first place. @movieweb has already posted news on this very subject before, why must they continue to do so? That's a question not aimed at you by the way, just a rant in my head. Also, what annoys me about it is, you will get people that will read an article like this and comment about the Williams theme being the defining Superman theme for all things Superman, which it is not. It shows to me how unknowledgeable of Superman and/or close minded people are. Don't get me wrong, I love the Williams theme, LOVE IT, but I never expected it to be apart of MAN OF STEEL in any way, shape or form and I very much look forward to what Hans Zimmer comes up with. And yes, I am very educated in the way of film. I would even go as far to say, probably more than anyone else on this site. ;)

    3 years agoby @gumpermanFlag

  16. Mieko_Siede

    @mcleve02 It sounds fun. Of all the things I can do, music has always been something that I'd have liked to do. For my extreme lack of skill in that area I've learned to appreciate it by tuning my ear to every little nuance between rifts. Just like with dance, I have the rhythm for martial arts and choreography, but not dance. I love to watch my daughter. But before she'd ever come along I'd learned to understand what I was watching in steps just so that I could grasp the concepts of the art.

    3 years agoby @mieko-siedeFlag


    @mieko-siede Yeah, it is already completely written and the school has their sheet music... Its the getting it from the sheet to play sounds I got to do haha... maybe if I didn't spend so much time on movieweb... haha but in all seriousness, it is fun!

    3 years agoby @mcleve02Flag

  18. Mieko_Siede

    @mcleve02 Everything has a process. But the payoff in the end makes it worth the trials. I look forward to seeing it.

    3 years agoby @mieko-siedeFlag


    @mieko-siede I will send you details on it... I haven't quite gotten all the midi files converted to mp3 just yet.. quite the process with Sibelius... haha

    3 years agoby @mcleve02Flag

  20. Mieko_Siede

    @mcleve02 It sounds spectacular. I can't wait to hear it.

    3 years agoby @mieko-siedeFlag


    @mieko-siede Well thanks man! I appreciate that! I will have to send you a copy of the next show I am working on for them... co-writing this one with people who marched Cadets, teach at UMASS and University of Florida... its pretty spectacular!

    3 years agoby @mcleve02Flag

  22. Mieko_Siede

    @mcleve02 Thank you. I truly appreciate it. I'm usually careful about sharing before a product is available. I knew you'd grasp it right off. But then, I've been privy to learn of the artistry behind you and your music. I'm glad that you can find enjoyment from the work.

    3 years agoby @mieko-siedeFlag


    @gumperman Hey, no need for that... seriously we are all having friendly discussions on here... You had just mentioned about this article still being discussed and I responded.. You have to expect that when you leave a comment on here, people will respond.. I wasn't rude, nor was I mean... Just thought since you are here on movieweb maybe you might be another educated person who may wish to join in some moviewebbing...

    @mieko-siede Pretty deep stuff from what I have been reading so far of your writing... I am enjoying it!

    3 years agoby @mcleve02Flag

  24. gumperman

    @mcleve02 I wasn't talking to you nor do I care what you were talking about. I was talking about the contents of this article and only this article.

    3 years agoby @gumpermanFlag

  25. Mieko_Siede

    @bawnian-dexeus I definitely need to check that out.

    3 years agoby @mieko-siedeFlag


    @bawnian-dexeus haha as soon as I am able to get back in them I will!
    @mieko-siede Yeah, I will say some of the most entertaining reviews have been done by @marcusx funny stuff...

    3 years agoby @mcleve02Flag

  27. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @mieko-siede@mcleve02 Ya'll should see my Revenge of the Fallen review. Talk about disaster

    3 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  28. Mieko_Siede

    @mcleve02 Don't fret, I have a couple on here that are quite lack luster in comparison to many of those that I have read. I was still very new to it when I did them.

    3 years agoby @mieko-siedeFlag


    @bawnian-dexeus I have like 3... Plus ones that I wrote that I can't get access to to tag anyone or read comments.. makes me sad

    3 years agoby @mcleve02Flag

  30. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @mcleve02 And I have like 5 to upload

    3 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

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