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

    2 years agoby @mcleve02Flag

  3. Robert McDougal

    No duh, this is such old news.

    2 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.

    2 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...

    2 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.

    2 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!

    2 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.

    2 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

    2 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.

    2 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!!!

    2 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.

    2 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!

    2 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!

    2 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. ;)

    2 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.

    2 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!

    2 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.

    2 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

    2 years agoby @mcleve02Flag

  20. Mieko_Siede

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

    2 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!

    2 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.

    2 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!

    2 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.

    2 years agoby @gumpermanFlag

  25. Mieko_Siede

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

    2 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...

    2 years agoby @mcleve02Flag

  27. Bawnian©-Dexeus

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

    2 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.

    2 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

    2 years agoby @mcleve02Flag

  30. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @mcleve02 And I have like 5 to upload

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag


    @mieko-siede some of my old reviews are waaaayyy toooo short... but that was back like when I first joined 6 years ago and didn't know how to review! I just wish @movieweb would get the reviews fixed... can't gain access to them at the moment!

    2 years agoby @mcleve02Flag

  32. Mieko_Siede

    @mcleve02 I definitely want to take a look at some of your reviews. I trust you'd have a solid, honest, point of view about the films you review. I don't think we differ much in taste.

    2 years agoby @mieko-siedeFlag


    @gumperman Actually, for the most part, we haven't actually been talking about this anymore!

    2 years agoby @mcleve02Flag


    @mieko-siede No problem! Don't be afraid to read mine as well! I know I could use some pointers! I am great with my notes, not my words!

    2 years agoby @mcleve02Flag

  35. gumperman

    Why is this still a topic for discussion? I mean is there really anybody out there dumb enough to expect them to still use Williams' theme for the Donner Superman universe? I knew from the word reboot they wouldn't use it. It's not the defining Superman theme for Christ sake, otherwise Lois & Clark would have used it, Superman: The Animated Series would have used it, etc....

    2 years agoby @gumpermanFlag

  36. Mieko_Siede

    @mcleve02 Not a problem. When I get the chance I'll check out his review sections. Thank you.

    2 years agoby @mieko-siedeFlag

  37. Rudy

    It is a good day to die.

    2 years agoby @rudyFlag


    @mieko-siede Thank you! I really do appreciate that compliment! I definitely look at everything from that stand point! There are a lot of aspiring writers on here as well! If they would work, I would point you in the direction of @thomasclarke 's reviews as a good example! Very intelligent crowd here!

    2 years agoby @mcleve02Flag

  39. Mieko_Siede

    @mcleve02 It's always interesting to see how diverse people can be. On a medium like this you really get to explore just where a lot of the peoples minds are and where it's going. Just as observation I've seen a few facets to people's mentality just in relate-ability alone.
    Music composition...I knew from the way you speak you have an artistic way of seeing things. That only adds to my point about the diversity of the people on this site. We all as movie fans come from all walks of life. Some of us even have direct insight into the industry we both praise and criticize. Many times these personalities blend harmoniously and conversations like these can become more personal.

    2 years agoby @mieko-siedeFlag


    @mieko-siede haha nice. My career is music composition... and I will teach at different schools as well. Yeah... It's truly funny to see the transition this website has taken user wise... back when I first joined, the language and bashing... all time high... Over all, there is a lot more intelligent on here now... I actually enjoy discussing films and such with people! Except for the porn pages... we really let ourselves start to go there!

    2 years agoby @mcleve02Flag

  41. Mieko_Siede

    @mcleve02 Thank you...Actually, writing is my profession. I just rarely chime in on these topics until recently. I've found the conversations to be quite interesting when you maintain the respect of others opinions. Don't get me wrong, the arguments are entertaining as well. lol! I've come to enjoy our chit chat back and forth.

    2 years agoby @mieko-siedeFlag


    @mieko-siede Wow... well said... You need a job either writing or in public speech if you don't already!

    2 years agoby @mcleve02Flag

  43. Mieko_Siede

    @mcleve02 Of course not...There have been one or two before. People define art separately in what they deem appropriate much like people studying the same faith and having different interpretations of the same material. That's why new religions spring up overnight just like what is becoming the norm in acceptance for social media. They drip feed us everything slowly desensitizing us making it readily available to the masses. It's like jacking into the matrix, we're fed and processed so much information that we don't even flinch when we're presented with such things openly. Times used to change around us at a gradual rate. Now it happens so rapidly if you blink you missed something. Sad as it is to say, everyone has a taste for something. This way, it takes the shame out of the enjoyment of things most people are closeted about.

    2 years agoby @mieko-siedeFlag


    @avrahama Who doesn't? Henry Cavill? To be fair, we haven't really seen anything from him yet...beyond him flying through the sky... at a quick glimpse...

    2 years agoby @mcleve02Flag


    @mieko-siede sad part is, I'm sure that won't be the last porno article we get on here now...

    2 years agoby @mcleve02Flag

  46. Mieko_Siede

    @mcleve02 I couldn't agree more.

    2 years agoby @mieko-siedeFlag


    @dimerte It may not fit this Superman film... like people have said, Danny Elfman's Batman theme was just as iconic, but it most certainly would not fit Nolan's films... You have got to have an open mind about it...

    2 years agoby @mcleve02Flag


    @mieko-siede A pretty gross living!

    2 years agoby @mcleve02Flag

  49. Avrahama

    Nintendo's Mario Voice: "Itsa Me! Supah man!"

    2 years agoby @avrahamaFlag

  50. Brian

    @avrahama Haha. I agree. I'm really afraid of Zack Snyder. REALLY afraid.

    2 years agoby @brianFlag