Superman & The Lord of the Rings
A few days ago, I posted about the new Superman teaser trailer and I noted that the last bit of a song entitled Bridge of Khazad-dûm was used as the trailer's score. I notice this kind of stuff all of the time because I am such a soundtrack nerd. I mean, I have a copy of the soundtrack to Hoffa. No, really, I do. I like David Newman, okay?
Trailers are made to advertise films that may not be entirely complete yet (like the score, for example) -- so, using music from other films makes for decent filler. It works, no one notices, and the movie gets made. I do wonder why they didn't use the Superman theme song, though. For example, below is the same trailer but with the "correct" score.
It works, right? It is already in the written, published, and matches the film's material. So, why not use it? And why am I making such a fuss? The bit of music used from The Lord of the Rings has lyrics behind it. Sure, they are not written in English, but they still do have meaning. If you watch the original trailer again, follow along with the words. The words are as follows:
Fire in the deep!
Flames lick our skin!
Fear rips our heart!
No! No! No!
The demon comes!
Yes. It sounds pretty and I am being the soundtrack snob here, but, really? Really? You couldn't have used the "Superman" music I have known for years? You couldn't have used music that didn't describe Superman as a demon?
Well, I guess not... everything pretty can be used. Everything with meaning... just suck it up, Shane. No one thinks about true meaning these days. "Reality" television took care of that.