Superman Returns (soundtrack)
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|Soundtrack album by John Ottman|
|Released||June 27, 2006|
|John Ottman chronology|
|Superman soundtrack chronology|
Superman Returns is a soundtrack album for the 2006 film of the same name. It features music by John Ottman, as well as the "Superman March" by John Williams from the Superman: The Movie inside the track "Main Titles".
Director Bryan Singer contacted Williams and asked if he would be interested in scoring the film, but Williams declined the offer because he was already scoring three other films, including Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and Steven Spielberg's War of the Worlds remake. However, Williams recommended composer John Ottman and also contributed two new themes. Superman Returns is the second Superman film in which Williams has contributed material, but was not directly involved. The first was Superman II, for which Superman Returns is considered a direct sequel. Ironically, Williams was also approached by director Richard Donner around the same time Singer did, who wanted him to compose a new score for his newly-assembled director's cut of Superman II. Williams also declined, and Donner recycled the composer's score to Superman: The Movie, supplementing it with unused cues.
- "Main Titles" (3:49)
- "Memories" (3:07)
- "Rough Flight" (5:13)
- "Little Secrets/Power of the Sun" (2:49)
- "Bank Job" (2:21)
- "How Could You Leave Us?" (5:49)
- "Tell Me Everything" (3:13)
- "You're Not One of Them" (2:22)
- "Not Like the Train Set" (5:12)
- "So Long Superman" (5:31)
- "The People You Care For" (3:27)
- "I Wanted You to Know" (2:56)
- "Saving the World" (3:12)
- "In the Hands of Mortals" (2:11)
- "Reprise/Fly Away" (4:15)
Tracks do not appear in the order that they occur in the film, but instead in a succession chosen by Ottman for listening purposes. Listeners interested in hearing the selections in score order may program the album thus: 1, 7, 2, 3, 8, 5, 4 (to 1:02), 6, 9, 10, 11, 4 (from 1:02), 13, 14, 12, 15.
Music not included in the soundtrack
There are several famous songs featured in the film but not included on the soundtrack album, which concentrated on the original score composed by John Ottman with themes from John Williams' score for the original 1978 film.
According to the timeline they appear in the movie, the source music included:
- From 00:11:25 to 00:12:30, the "The Flower Duet" from the opera "Lakmé" by Léo Delibes is used when Katherine "Kitty" Kowalski says Lex Luthor's friends are giving her creeps and Lex Luthor tells the story of Prometheus.
- From 00:47:36 to 00:47:54, The Drifters' rendering of the English version of Quando Quando Quando is featured when Clark Kent gestures to Lois Lane in a jam-packed elevator.
- From 00:50:50 to 00:52:08, the instrumental version of "Heart & Soul" by Frank Loesser and Hoagy Carmichael was performed by Jason when Superman overhears the conversation between Richard White and Lois Lane outside their house.
- From 01:04:52 to 01:05:41, "Spring" from Antonio Vivaldi's violin concerto "The Four Seasons" is featured when Katherine "Kitty" Kowalski is going to slap Lex Luthor for his cutting off her car's brake. The music is performed by the Budapest String Quartet.
- From 01:20:50 to 01:22:14, the aria "Habanera" from the opera Carmen by Georges Bizet is featured when Lois Lane investigates Lex Luthor's yacht. The music is performed by the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra.
- From 01:23:00 to 01:24:28, the 2nd movement called "Andante in F major" from Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major K 467 is used when Lex Luthor "agrees" to Lois Lane's interview. The music is performed by The Concentus Hungaricus.
- From 01:30:40 to 01:33:28, the instrumental version of "Heart & Soul" by Frank Loesser and Hoagy Carmichael is heard on and off again when Jason plays the piano duet with Lex Luthor's henchman Brutus.
There are also quite a few pieces from the score that weren't included on the album.
- At the beginning of the film, Ottman adapted the opening of Williams' "The Planet Krypton" from Superman, but added a choir.
- The main titles is a different edit than what appears on the album, segueing directly from the primary "Superman" portion of the march to the "Can You Read My Mind" section. The final fanfare ends on a different note than Williams' original version.
- There is a quiet piece for the death of Gertrude Vanderworth, which is followed by the introduction of Lex Luthor's motif. While Lex's motif is heard throughout the album, it is only rarely heard in its 'pure' form, as it is here.
- After Superman rescues the airplane, a reprise of "The Fortress of Solitude" from Williams' original 1978 score is heard as he asks after Lois' well-being.
- From 00:21:26 to 00:21:56, a John Ottman original is used when Clark Kent first goes back to Daily Planet until he catches Jimmy Olsen's falling camera.
- From 00:59:40 to 01:00:36, a John Ottman original is used when Lex Luthor and his thugs prepares to steal kryptonite from Metropolis Museum of National History.
- From 02:34:00 to 02:37:00 A John Ottman original is used in one of the final scenes in the film, where Superman is giving the Jor-El speech to Jason.
- The end titles version of the march is combined with the main title on the album, but in the film the conclusion is much more like Williams' conclusion for the 1978 film's end title march, with the final fanfare ending in a tail that leads up to a crescendo.
|U.S. Billboard 200||110|
|Top Internet Albums||146|
- "Superman Returns: Full Cast & Crew - Music Credit". Hollywood. Archived from the original on 2013-01-03. Retrieved 2006-09-15.
- "Billboard Albums: Superman Returns". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-05-23.