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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Soundtrack Review

By: Anthony Garreffa | Editorials in HT & Movies | Posted: Mar 20, 2016 7:28 pm

Beautiful Lie: The Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice soundtrack opens with 'Beautiful Lie', with parts of the Batman theme spun through it. It feels powerful, soft, and emotive all at once - but it has the awesome build up that Zimmer is known for, too.

 

It starts off slow, but the eventual build up is there - and half way through 'Beautiful Lie' it begins to ramp up. It's a nice introduction into the soundtrack, with a more calm feel to it - as the rest of the soundtrack is pretty heavy at times. Beautiful Lie also ends beautifully, with a nice slide into the next song; Their War Here.

 

Their War Here: I would say 'Their War Here' is when we see Bruce Wayne's perspective of Superman and Zod fighting in the original Man of Steel, thus 'their war here' as in the aliens, fighting on Earth. It starts off strong and builds up through the track, where you can hear the new Batman theme teased.

 

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But some of the themes from Man of Steel find their way into 'Their War Here', with the build up of the theme from Man of Steel at 1:20-1:40. But it's not as strong and apparent as the track was in Man of Steel, so I'm glad it wasn't just reused, but rather re-tuned for Batman v Superman.

 

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2:40 in and you can tell that this track is quite different to the one used in Man of Steel, and I like what Zimmer does there with the tweak. I can almost feel Bruce running down the street in Metropolis while Superman and Zod are fighting in the air after they smash the Wayne Enterprises satellite in space from Man of Steel.

 

The Red Capes Are Coming: One of the more interesting tracks from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is 'The Red Capes Are Coming'. This track is the theme to Lex Luthor, and it sounds so very different - it's dark, twisted, and also you can feel humor through the sound.

 

Zimmer must've smashed on a piano while thinking in the mind of the maniac that is Luthor, and it comes out in spades in 'The Red Capes Are Coming'. It's a much slower track, and I can't wait to see it used in Batman v Superman.

 

Day Of The Dead: This is a huge rework of the tracks from Man of Steel. Well, it, at least, starts off that way, then it shifts into a higher gear with a huge change in the original score from Man of Steel at around the 2-minute mark.

 

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'Day Of The Dead' is very emotional; you can feel the emotion through the track - which is something Zimmer does incredibly well with his scores.

 

Must There Be A Superman?: Yes, there must be a Superman - but for the track, this is where things get very different. It starts off quite heavy and continues through the rest of the track with a lot of choir work. The entire track is chaotic, and with the track called "Must There Be A Superman?" there must be a part in Batman v Superman that this track falls into, and questions the need for Superman.

 

I think we'll see this possibly be the part where Superman is saving people, like the scene with the flood and Superman is floating above people. But, the track goes super crazy - but in a great way - at 1:30, and really ramps up from there. To call this track interesting would be an understatement.

 

New Rules: 'New Rules' starts off slow, and continues slowly throughout with a bit of a bumpier ride for the latter half of the track. We have some huge hits at the end, but it flows well into 'Do You Bleed?' which is what we want.

 

Do You Bleed?: We all remember Batman asking Superman this in the trailers, but 'Do You Bleed?' is when the action must kick into high gear in Batman v Superman. This is where Batman and Superman have their first battle, which ends with Superman asking Batman to leave him alone - to which Batman asks Superman: "tell me, do you bleed?" and then Superman flies off, leaving Batman to say "YOU WILL".

 

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The track, however, really amps up and continues to kick ass - building up, stabilizing, building up - and then adding in some different sounds around 1:30 in. The track continues ramping up, and then slows down right at the end - it's an awesome track, and sets the scene for the big fight between Batman and Superman.

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