When Bryan Singer announced that his editor, John Ottman, would be scoring Superman Returns, two questions came to mind. Would the Superman Theme we all know and love be used? And, why not invite John Williams back to revisit an old friend?
To answer the first question, Singer stated that he always intended to use the Superman Theme because you can't make a Superman movie and not have it. That's like making a Star Trek movie and not using the Star Trek Theme. Not only did he use the main theme, but others as well. In fact, the whole album is based on Williams score and Ottman just builds from it. Everything is here in one form or another.
There are snippets from "Death of Jonathan Kent" as well as "The Fortress of Solitude." Also, we get "The Love Theme" in an abbrviated version. March of the Villians is here to but you need to pay close attention to catch it.
So your probably rhinking that the Superman Returns score is just a rehash of Williams score right? Actually, no. While Ottman uses bits and pieces from Williams, he builds from that with newly written meatrial. And it's just as exciting and memorable as Williams's. One new thing that is really nice is that Superman now has a Personal Theme and one that's played throughout the film. It's touching, emotional and beautiful.
You can tell that Williams was an influence on Ottman because like Williams score for Superman, Ottman here also uses a lot of precussion, string, wind instruments. For added effect, a choir's been added which somehow uses the Love Theme instead of the "Can You Read My Mind" and on Superman's Personal Theme.
The Cd also comes with enhanced stuff. Not much when you look it but still a treat. What's the enhanced stuff? It's:
1) 2 Trailers
2) A session of recording the Superman Theme
3) Trailer for Suoperman Documentry.
The score's not bad. In fact, it's great and Ottman did a wonderful job. There are different types of music here that relate to specific scenes in the film and he has done a superb job with it.
As for Williams, I have a hunch he was asked but had to decline because of prior commitments which is a shame because it wou;d have been nice seeing the guy who wrote one of the most popular scores(Oscar Nominated)come back to do it all again.
Well Mr. Williams, here's your chance to visit with your old friend for the sequal.