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Superman Returns [Music from the
original score for the hotly anticipated Warner Bros. Pictures
epic feature .lm Superman Returns Score is done by John
Ottman, whose credits include, Kiss Bang Bang, X2 and The
John Williams's theme
for 1978's Superman remains one of the most famous of
the '70s, so it's both obvious and a little weird that it
would feature so prominently in the score for Superman
Returns: Why would director Bryan Singer and composer John
Ottman so willfully compare themselves to the earlier movie?
Not only does a turbocharged version of Williams's theme
("Main Titles") open the album, but the "Behind the Scenes:
Superman Returns Score" featurette that's part of the CD's
bonus enhanced section is all about the orchestra performing
the 1978 theme. Ottman's own work thus has to unfold in the
shadow projected by Williams, which is a bit unfair since,
while the new score isn't revolutionary, it delivers all the
pomp, triumph, and vaguely atmospheric choirs that are now de
rigueur in Hollywood action films. Ottman, of course, is used
to dealing with superheroes (he wrote the scores for X2:
X-Men United and Fantastic Four ), but this time
around he's had to reflect the essentially noble nature of his
main character, and so he's come up with themes that reveal
even more pomp, pathos, and atmospheric choirs than before.
It's not what you'd call subtle, but it does the job.
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