Superman: The Unauthorized Biography
Glen Weldon (Author)
A celebration of Superman's life and history - in time for his 75th birthday. How has the Big Blue Boy Scout stayed so popular for so long? How has he changed with the times, and what essential aspects of him have remained constant? This fascinating biography examines Superman as a cultural phenomenon through 75 years of action-packed adventures, from his early years as a social activist in circus tights to his growth into the internationally renowned demigod he is today.
Hardcover: 352 pages
So, despite his earlier, extreme reticence about the task of remaking one of the most famous themes in Film music, does he now feel confident that he has a strong course to pursue?
"I don't feel confident at all. I never feel confident. But, a little bit of fear has gone a long way to being inspiring in the past. John Williams is the master and I am not even going to try and go in that direction. I'll try my best not to embarrass myself and my colleagues on the film. I'm definitely going to have a go! In a funny way, it's exactly because Superman is such an opposite character to Batman that I am welcoming the opportunity to do the music."
Has he seen footage from the film? "Yes. All you're going to get out of me is a "yes"! No elaborations! I've started it and am in the ideas phase. I am driving people crazy with my experiments and am trying to write a tune." The one thing Zimmer will say is that his signature use of percussion - which he jokingly refers to as "his endless quest for the perfect drum-hit" will not be as prevalent in MAN OF STEEL as on his Batman scores. "I am going to try and avoid it. It's a big conversation I am having with myself right now: how can we avoid that...!!"
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