We all know some of those iconic moments in movies where the hero does something amazing and the music starts beating. We’ve all got that feeling of wanting to be that hero. Some of the most iconic superhero movie scores include the following:
- Batman theme (Batman 1989 film)
- Batman theme (The Dark Knight trilogy)
- Superman theme (Superman 1979 film)
- Superman theme (Man of Steel)
- Wonder Woman theme (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Wonder Woman)
- Spider-Man theme (Spider-Man by Sam Raimi)
- X-Men theme (X2: X-Men United, X-Men: Days of Future Past, X-Men Apocalypse)
- Avengers theme (Marvel’s The Avengers)
- The Incredibles theme (The Incredibles)
These themes invoke our sense of hearing. They make us feel special, motivated, pumped, excited, ready to scream, and many other things. They get us ready for an epic scene. They help get the point of the movie across to us through our emotions. They can move us to inspiration as Wonder Woman and Superman did. They can help us feel the intensity of a situation like The Dark Knight, and Man of Steel. We think of a specific hero whenever we hear their theme like in Spider-Man and Batman.
For me personally, I love listening to superhero themes while I am doing homework, or just relaxing. I imagine myself as a superhero, fighting along with the theme. Superhero themes inspire us, and make us all childlike.
There are so many underrated superhero movie themes such as Suicide Squad, which has memorable tracks such as One Bullet is All I Need, That’s How I Cut and Run and The Worst of the Worst. Despite the moves poor reviews and use of songs, the original score by Steven Price is well done.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 had some great themes from Electro’s dubstep to Green Goblin’s creepiness.
Spider-Man: Homecoming has some amazing musical parts to it such as Monumental Breakdown, Vulture’s Theme, and Fly-By-Night Operation.
The best OST from a recent movie in my mind is Wonder Woman. From the intensity of Action Reaction, to the sadness of Hell Hath No Fury, to the epicness of No Man’s Land. The music helped make Wonder Woman a completely epic film.
We love the classical Superman and Batman themes because they remind us of the hero. Batman’s theme is dark, mysterious and is reused in several adaptations of the Caped Crusader. Superman’s theme is hopeful, triumphant and makes us feel heroic. We love the new Batman and Superman themes from Hans Zimmer because they are epic and portray the hero in a new light. Good music in movies can help to drive the point home and compliment the movie like dessert compliments dinner. Next time you go to a big superhero blockbuster, make sure to listen to the OST on YouTube after the film. Also check out an epic superhero soundtrack on spotify.
Written by: Neil Sharma