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Album Review

Director Bryan Singer and composer John Ottman's take on the world's most recognizable superhero is one of deep reverence. Like Steven Spielberg and John Williams, the two have found their muse in each other, especially after their success with the second installment of the X-Men series, but what sets them apart from other iconic director/composer pairings is Ottman's co-role as an editor — he showed his musicality in the editing room on X2 with an exhilarating opening ballet of violence set to Mozart's Requiem. Ottman and Singer are well aware that Williams' original score for Richard Donner's 1978 depiction of the man of steel is as etched into the character's mythology as the "S" on his chest, so they built the new score around it. The new themes are deep and resonant with a Copland-esque tinge of sepia-toned Americana that never descends into unnecessary melodrama — think Michael Kamen's Band of Brothers theme — and a brooding sense of wonder and weight that echoes Danny Elfman's choral work on the Spider Man films. This Superman feels a lot more like a conflicted defender of the world than a bespectacled reporter relying on pratfalls and phone booths for audience chuckles, and Ottman fills his Metropolis with a perfect balance of dread and wonder, while allowing Williams' majestic and iconic theme to soar when it should.

Customer Reviews

Pretty Good

I hoped it would be somewhat different from John William's and to my surprise it actually is quite unique in it's own way....liked it a lot.

A perfect score...

The soundtrack is very uplifting and has very dark themes as well. The re-done Superman March may be actually better than the original which is saying a lot. Trust me, Superman music fans, don't miss out on this fantastic soundtrack.

a classic soundtrack to a classic movie

this soundtrack is awesome a classic the best of the best john ottman is a god buy this soundtrack you wont be sorry


Born: July 6, 1964 in San Diego, CA

Genre: Soundtrack

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Composer/editor/director and California native John Ottman's passion for music and film began at a young age in San Jose. Years spent making short films in his parents' garage eventually led the young auteur to USC, where he graduated from the university's prestigious School of Cinema-Television and met future collaborator Bryan Singer. With Singer, he would go on to compose the music for and edit films including The Usual Suspects, Apt Pupil, Superman Returns, and multiple entries in the X-Men franchise....
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  • $10.99
  • Genres: Soundtrack, Music, Classical, Original Score
  • Released: May 23, 2006

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