.

'Man of Steel' Composer Hans Zimmer Celebrates Mankind on 'DNA'

Superman track comes 'just from the heart'

Man Of Steel Soundtrack
Courtesy of WaterTower Music
May 13, 2013 8:00 AM ET

Composer Hans Zimmer helmed the score for the upcoming Superman film Man of Steel, and the movie's heartfelt approach to the almost-invincible superhero called for an appropriately optimistic yet yearning soundtrack. On "DNA," Zimmer reached into Superman's human identity and Kansas upbringing for a tense, frantic track that captures the glory of Middle America.

Peter Travers' Summer Movie Preview 2013: 'Man of Steel'

"My inspiration for the music came from trying to celebrate all that is good and kind in the people of America's heartland, without cleverness or cynicism. Just from the heart," Zimmer tells Rolling Stone. "I wanted the epic sound of the fields and farms stretching past the horizon, of the wind humming in the telephone wires." But the massive score comes less from Superman's epic battle with villain General Zod and more from his introverted personal issues. "The music is less about the icon that Superman is," Zimmer says, "and more about the outsider with extraordinary powers and his struggle to become a part of humanity."

Man of Steel: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack will be out June 11th on iTunes. Man of Steel opens June 14th.

To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

prev
New and Hot Next

blog comments powered by Disqus
Around the Web
Powered By ZergNet
Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.

X

We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

Song Stories

“Love Is the Answer”

Utopia | 1977

The message of the Beatles' "All You Need Is Love" proved to be a universal and long-lasting one, which Utopia revisited 10 years later on this ballad. "From a lyrical standpoint, it's part of a whole class of songs that I write, which are about filial love," Todd Rundgren explained. "I'm not a Christian, but it's called Christian love, the love that people are supposed to naturally feel because we are all of the same species. That may be mythical, but it's still a subject." Though "Love Is the Answer" wasn't a hit, a cover version two years later by England Dan & John Ford Coley peaked at Number Ten on the Billboard singles chart.

More Song Stories entries »
 
www.expandtheroom.com