I've never written a review on a soundtrack before, but I did write an article on 2013's Man of Steel, the Superman reboot directed by Zack Snyder. I'm a huge Superman fan, having watched the original Superman movies starring Christopher Reeve countless times, both as a kid and as an adult.
I even watched the Superboy TV show, every episode of Dean Cain and Teri Hatcher in Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, Tom Welling and his awesome performance as Clark Kent/Kal-El in Smallville, and everything in between. I was super disappointed in Superman Returns, as I expected some action in it - and it just didn't deliver. Brandon Routh did a great job as Clark Kent, but I didn't like his portrayal of Superman.
Then came the Superman reboot in the form of Man of Steel, starring Henry Cavill with '300' director Zack Snyder. It wasn't perfect, but it was quite a good movie - doing well both domestically, and internationally. It started the new DCEU (DC Extended Universe), and the result of this created Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. I've watched every trailer the second they were released, every TV spot (I know, I know - I've spoiled so much of the movie, but there's so much they haven't shown us - no matter how much footage you've seen online), and even the teases of the soundtrack. Well, now the official soundtrack to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is here, and after listening to it a few times over, I'm going to provide you with my thoughts on it.
Hans Zimmer + Junkie XL Join Forces
Man of Steel's soundtrack was one of the best released, with most people agreeing that Hans Zimmer's work was just wonderful. But remember that Zimmer handled the score for the Dark Knight Trilogy, the Christopher Nolan led Batman movies - so Zimmer didn't want to double up on his work from these movies, into Batman v Superman.
Zimmer then called for the help of his good friend Junkie XL aka Tom Holkenberg to do the Batman side of the BvS soundtrack. Junkie XL did a little work on the Man of Steel soundtrack, with 'Arcade' being one of those tracks, but for Batman v Superman, Junkie XL had considerable influence. The two worked together on separate themes for not just Superman and Batman, but Lex Luthor and Wonder Woman - with each of them having a different sound, and feel. I think this is a great way to handle the soundtrack, but instead of talking about it - let's listen to it, and then break it down into the tracks themselves.
Last updated: Apr 7, 2020 at 12:34 pm CDT
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- Page 1 [Introduction & Hans Zimmer Works With Junkie XL]
- Page 2 [The First Half of the Batman v Superman Soundtrack]
- Page 3 [The Second Half of the Batman v Superman Soundtrack]
- Page 4 [Highlights & Final Thoughts]