Superman Returns | Suite | J. Ottman & J. Williams
John Williams’ score for “Superman”, and especially the legendary main theme made it very hard for future composers to follow up when the franchise got rebooted and new movies came out.
Ottman’s manipulation of the Williams themes is at times masterful: it feels completely organic, almost as though Ottman’s new material is a natural progression of what was written thirty years ago. Several times during the course of the score you think that Ottman is going to break out into a performance of a Williams theme, until he turns the music on its head and, from the same starting point, takes it in a new direction.
Instrumentation: 2,2(2.also eh),2+1bcl,2 – 4,3,3,1 – timp,4perc – synth,hp – strings