John Williams helped Superman soar on movie screens, but another composer is now giving flight to Krypton’s favorite son.
The franchise reboot “Man of Steel”
opens Friday, June 14, with Henry Cavill
in the title role and Hans Zimmer
supplying the music. Coming off his latest of numerous collaborations with director Steven Spielberg,
on “Lincoln,” five-time Oscar winner Williams admits to having a spectrum of feelings about the update.
“I haven’t seen it,” he tells Zap2it
, “but I’m sure it will be wonderful. I don’t know if they’ve used any of the original music or not; it’s a Warner Bros. film, in which case, they certainly have the right to do so (having also made the earlier ‘Superman’ movies). I hope it will be successful, and I look forward to seeing it.”
Which isn’t to say Williams won’t find watching it bittersweet: “It puts me in mind of the late Chris Reeve, who we all loved so much. It’s going to be hard for me not to let go of the music, but to let go of the idea of Superman being Chris. I thought he not only made that project successful, he embodied what all of us imagine Superman to look like if he could be given skin and bone, I think.”
“We’ve certainly talked about that, and I’m happy and willing to do it,” he confirms. “J.J. Abrams, who will be the director, seems excited about the idea. I have to say that J.J. is a much younger man than I, but I will try to keep up with him as much as I can!”
The imminent birth of a new “Star Wars” iteration intrigues Williams in general. “We now have the benefit of all this computer simulation and technical work that wasn’t even possible 20 or 25 years ago,” he reasons.
“I don’t know how hands-on George Lucas will be — I suspect he will be to some degree — but I can only imagine how excited he must be, to have a director like J.J. have all these tools at his fingertips to produce something even more adventurous technologically. I can’t wait to see what he will do with it.”