Listen to 30-Second Clips from Hans Zimmer’s Score for MAN OF STEEL [Updated with More Info and Full Tracklist]

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30-second snippets of Hans Zimmer‘s Man of Steel score have been released.  Zimmer was tapped to score the film before he was even officially approached for the gig.  Everyone simply assumed that Man of Steel producer Christopher Nolan would move his Dark Knight Trilogy composer over to Zack Snyder‘s Superman reboot.  Zimmer eventually took the job, which came with the unenviable task of being in the shadow of John Williams‘ classic Superman theme.  But Zimmer has a long and fairly diverse filmography, although his work does tend to get parodied for its heavy bass-driven punctuations (or “BWAAAAH”s).  Listening to these snippets, about half the score is unmistakably Zimmer (“I Will Find Him” even has the “BWAAAAH” sound) and the other half, such as “Sent Here for a Reason” and “Goodbye My Son” are soft, meditative pieces that are almost worthy of a day spa.

Click over to Amazon to listen to pieces from the score, which will be released in two versions on June 11th.  There will be a regular edition and a deluxe edition that contains six extra tracks.  Man of Steel opens in 3D on June 14th. [Update: We've been provided with the full press release for the soundtrack, which includes detailed information on the soundtrack release. Both the regular and limited edition soundtracks come with a 28-minute track that allows fans to listen to Zimmer's initial experiments with the score, seeing how he laid the foundation for what was to come. Hit the jump for more.]

man-of-steel-posterHere’s the full press release:

LOS ANGELES, CA – April 30, 2013 - On June 11, 2013, WaterTower Music will release two configurations of the Man Of SteelOriginal Motion Picture Soundtrack. The album will be available in standard form as well as a limited edition deluxe version at all physical and digital retailers. Academy Award®, Grammy®, and Golden Globe® - winning composer Hans Zimmer composed the music for this highly anticipated project, joining forces for the first time with director Zack Snyder.

“The challenges of creating a Superman score are daunting because Superman is so iconographic,” said Snyder. “I really feel like what Hans created is perfect. Subtle and stirring, epic and commanding. Honestly, Hans crushed it.”

Fans will have the ability to choose between the standard two disc, 18-song soundtrack, and a limited, deluxe edition of the soundtrack. This deluxe edition will be housed in a special embossed steel case, contain 24 score selections, and give fans the ability to access multiple videos showing an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at the creation of the music. Both the standard and deluxe editions will include the epic track “Man of Steel (Hans Original Sketchbook)” which clocks in at over 28 minutes long. This exclusive track is performed solely by Zimmer, and allows listeners to experience firsthand his initial experiments with the film’s music, which ultimately lay the foundation for the film’s final score.

Those fans who purchase the CD version of the deluxe edition will have the opportunity to download all 24 songs in DTS Headphone: X, which reproduces a cinematic multi-speaker surround sound experience using only the user’s headphones. DTS Headphone: X presents a whole new way to hear mobile entertainment over headphones. The technology garnered rave reviews from the likes of The Wall Street Journal, and Cnet, among others at this year’s CES convention.

Additionally, a double, 180 gram vinyl configuration of the soundtrack is slated for a summer release.

In addition to his orchestral arrangements, Zimmer, no stranger to stepping outside the confines of traditional film scoring, has assembled two unique musical entities to contribute music to Man of Steel. The first, a “drum orchestra,” which was brought together for the album, is described by soundtrack co-producer Peter Asher as “some of the best drummers in the world all playing simultaneously in a space designed for a symphony orchestra – using not only rock drum kits but tympani and field drums as well.”

The membership of this elite assembly consists of many of today’s top musicians including John JR Robinson, Jason Bonham, Josh Freese, Pharrell Williams, Danny Carey, Satnam Ramgotra, Toss Panos, Jim Keltner, Curt Bisquera, Trevor Lawrence Jr., Matt Chamberlain, Ryeland Allison, Bernie Dresel, Vinnie Colaiuta and Sheila E. Their contribution, under Zimmer’s musical direction, creates a towering and powerful musical accompaniment to the film.

Another distinctive group the composer assembled was a gathering of eight of music’s finest pedal steel guitarists who play classical string section parts. This collective, consisting of Chas Smith, Marty Rifkin, Skip Edwards, Boo Bernstein, Peter Frieberger, Rick Schmidt, JD Maness, John McClung, was described by Asher as, “a uniquely new metallic orchestra” added its own distinct and soaring musical stamp to the soundtrack.

The Man Of SteelOriginal Motion Picture Soundtrack is currently available for preorder at Amazon and will be available for preorder on iTunes starting May 7. 


Disc 1 – Flight

  1. Look to the Stars
  2. Oil Rig
  3. Sent here for a Reason
  4. DNA
  5. Goodbye My Son
  6. If You Love These People
  7. Krypton’s Last
  8. Terraforming
  9. Tornado

10.You Die or I Do



13.I Will Find Him

14.This is Clark Kent

15.I Have So Many Questions


17.What Are You Going to Do When You Are Not Saving the World? 

Disc 2 – Experiments from the Fortress of Solitude

  1. Man of Steel                                (Hans’ Original Sketchbook)
  2. Are You Listening, Clark?             (Deluxe Edition Only)
  3. General Zod                                (Deluxe Edition Only)
  4. You Led Us Here                         (Deluxe Edition Only)
  5. This Is Madness!                         (Deluxe Edition Only)
  6. Earth                                          (Deluxe Edition Only)
  7. Arcade                                       (Deluxe Edition Only)

Hans Zimmer has scored more than 100 films, which have, combined, grossed over 19.6 billion dollars at the worldwide box office.  He has been honored with an Academy Award®, two Golden Globes®, three Grammys®, an American Music Award, and a Tony® Award. In 2003, ASCAP presented him with the prestigious Henry Mancini award for Lifetime Achievement for his impressive and influential body of work. He also received his Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in December 2010.  Some of his most recent works include the History Channel’s miniseries The Bible; the Christopher Nolan-directed films Inception, The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises; and Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. Upcoming titles include Ron Howard’s Rush, Gore Verbinski’s The Lone Ranger and Steve McQueen’s Twelve Years a Slave.

Zack Snyder directed Man of Steel from a screenplay by David S. Goyer from a story by Goyer & Nolan, based upon Superman characters created by Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster and published by DC Entertainment.  Charles Roven, Christopher Nolan, Emma Thomas and Deborah Snyder are the producers, with Thomas Tull, Lloyd Phillips and Jon Peters serving as executive producers.  The film stars Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Antje Traue, Ayelet Zurer, Christopher Meloni and Russell Crowe.

Warner Bros. Pictures presents, in association with Legendary Pictures, a Syncopy Production, a Zack Snyder Film, Man of Steel.  The film will be released in 3D and 2D in select theaters and IMAX®, and is slated for release on June 14, 2013.  It will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

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  • amg907

    I’m making a homemade porno with this music.

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  • Andrew

    From the list of tracks on the 2 CD deluxe,…it looks like the superb score for the third Man of Steel trailer(An Ideal of Hope),is not on the discs! Will still keep my pre-order,of course,…but not happy this is missing!

    • Unicron

      its the 2nd track on the score “sent here for a reason”

      • Andrew

        Thanks for that.
        I couldn’t judge if the whole of the trailer track was intact going on Amazon’s 30 sec snippet.
        It really is an awesome score.

    • Anonymous

      I just found a high quality mp3 of An Ideal of Hope if you need it.

      • Andrew

        Appreciate the offer.
        Unicron above has pointed me in the right direction for the track under a different name which does actually appear to be on the soundtrack after all.
        Thanks again.

  • Lama

    Gotta say John Williams’ score cannot be topped, it’s simply just too beautiful. But it’s great to know that this is a full remake and a whole new take on this franchise. Hans Zimmer will deliver, no doubt but I don’t think no one will better than the other They are REALLY different takes…

  • Alan B

    “Listening to these snippets, about half the score is unmistakably Zimmer (“I Will Find Him” even has the “BWAAAAH” sound) and the other half, such as “Sent Here for a Reason” and “Goodbye My Son” are soft, meditative pieces that are almost worthy of a day spa.”

    Oh for … Hans Zimmer has done MORE THAN JUST CHRISTOPHER NOLAN FILMS. Unlike Goldberg, he has more than one trick up his sleeve. I don’t know, I think he did a little film called GLADIATOR that relied on a complicated arrangement of brassy orchestral sounds and moody, melancholic vocals. Oh and a whole shit load of other score show his range, too. It’s pathetic that someone like Goldberg is so clearly proud of his own ignorance.

    • Zachrifice

      This, of the previous “This”. Goldberg is such a pretentious, unintelligent hack-bag. Looking forward to the day he’s dropped from the staff.

      • Toope

        If you don’t like it, go start your own site, you bitter hater. Sheesh.

  • Key Master

    From the samples I heard, it sounds like its going to be a good soundtrack.

  • Jared

    With one of te titles being named “Terraforming”, it makes me wonder what exactly is going on in this film.

    • ragnar

      Well obviously, in my mind atleast. It has something to do with the fortress of solitude.

      • Grayden

        He walks out of the Fortress in the final trailer; it’s not an organic structure. Looks to be a ship of Kryptonian origin, and no, not the pod he arrived in either.

  • Joseph M

    If John Williams and Hans Zimmer were in a band, Williams would be the awesome lead guitar while Zimmer would be the awesome rhythm guitar. Thing is, Superman needs some big old main theme lead guitar from Zimmer. I hope he brings it, ‘cos it’s not on these snippets.

    • old hippie

      ….I want something I can hum…..damn stravinsky!

    • Grayden

      This isn’t Donner’s ‘Superman’! So there will be very little to compare stylistically and aurally. When will people get this through their heads? I didn’t see anyone complaining that Zimmer’s “Batman” themes didn’t have any of Elfman’s touch in them…

      Deal with it people.

      • Joseph M

        I would definitely rather Zimmer’s Batman to Elfman’s. Zimmer’s – though without melody – was dark, powerful and atmospheric. Elfman’s was just comedic. And Grayden, there’s nothing to get through our heads. The point of debate is that Williams’ score really nailed the Superman character. It was rousing, easily memorable and uplifting. The hardest thing a musician can do is create a theme consisting of a few notes that people will immediately recognise and remember – in Williams’ case – for decades. If anyone can hum Zimmer’s trailer music, I want to hear it. The man is hugely gifted, but he can’t write hook melodies.

      • Grayden

        It’s your opinion that Elfman’s score was comedic, but to me it epitomized the serialized, pulpy feel of Burton’s ‘Batman’. Two different stylistic takes on the same character. It’s the same thing we have here. Do I think William’s score is crap? No, but the theme is the ONLY thing I remember about the score to ‘Superman: The Movie’ and I’m willing to bet a lot of people would say the same thing. I will agree, the theme is perfect, for THAT Superman. Man of Steel’s Superman is NOT that Superman. Looking at it from the perspective of a comic book reader allows you to realize that there are many stories of Superman, and while the same character, he has been written differently over the years. There is no definitive Superman, therefore no definitive theme by which to assign him to.

        William’s theme belongs to the Christopher Reeve Superman, Zimmer’s belongs to Cavill’s. No sense in mixing them, for nostalgia’s sake or because it’s assumed that the former is the official theme for the character. Again, Zimmer didn’t put any of Elfman’s Batman theme into his own, even though that was the theme many people know the character by. It’s not a slight against the character in any way, and that is what people need to get through their heads. If Zimmer’s score from the trailer wasn’t rousing, memorable, and uplifting then that is your opinion, but to me it was exactly that and more: It was heroic.

      • Joseph M

        Grayden, we have got it through our heads that this is a different Superman. We have got it through our heads that a score’s review shouldn’t be based on nostalgia and we have got it through our heads that the Williams score is not an official theme. I hope that’s clear.
        The point is that Zimmer’s score, however powerful and heroic, is not memorable. It’s one thing appeasing the comic book community, it’s another to infiltrate the mass psyche. For now, only Williams has achieved that.

  • tarek

    You cannot compare Hans Zimmer to John williams.

    Hans Zimmer is doing the same damn thing again and again, even though it is a pretty good background music. Not That Music that gives you goosebumps as we all exprerience with John Williams Music.

    Hans Zimmer is almost on par with James Horner. He plagiarizes himself in many scores.
    (Gladiator : the battle theme = Pirates of the Carribean theme)

    • Joseph M

      Did Horner score Braveheart? I thought that was good work.

      • tarek

        But his masterpiece is without contest Aliens.

      • Joseph M

        Ah, I forgot and I agree, Tarek. Again, a score Mr. Zimmer just could not pull off.

    • Strong Enough

      thanks for your opinion but no one gives a shit

      • tarek

        And you are the… Ambassador of the human kind ? Nice to meet you Sir.

      • Alex

        And Tarek for the win, I will be using this one sir

      • Strong Enough

        nope i’m your father

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    link don’t work

  • onion

    Wish they would have just ask John Williams to deliver something different…i am sure he would have deliver.

  • GregoryX

    The amazon link you posted isn’t working, I’m getting a 404 error. Can you post a fixed link please?

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