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 Posted:   May 21, 2019 - 4:46 AM   
 By:   Kev McGann   (Member)

There's A LOT.
It's fair to say Superhero Films have ruled the roost (certainly in Hollywood) during the past 15-20 years.
But what are your favourite scores?
And which one is top of the pile?
Personally, I really like the scores from AMAZING SPIDERMAN (James Horner), HELLBOY II (Danny Elfman), HANCOCK (John Powell), ASTRO BOY (John Ottman) and some of the Marvel films have had decent scores (THOR - Patrick Doyle, ANT-MAN - Chris Beck, DR STRANGE - Giacchino, INCREDIBLE HULK - Armstrong. The Silvestri scores are pretty solid too).
But I think my overall favourite is probably KICK-ASS by Jackman/Murphy/Eshkeri/DeVries, with Horner's SPIDERMAN running it a close second.
What are yours?

 
 
 Posted:   May 21, 2019 - 5:09 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Gotta say the obligatory first: Don't care for the genre (or rather, what it has become....I was a fan as a kid and teenager in the 80s and 90s), and don't care for the scores.

So while I can easily rattle off great superhero scores from the 70s, 80s and 90s, the 2000s and 2010s offer far more difficulty. I agree with your choice of KICK-ASS, at least for the most part. That goes for most scores in this period as well -- might be one or two tracks I enjoy, but rarely the album as a whole. So after perusing an IMDB list of genre scores in this period, I couldn't find a SINGLE ONE I liked overall. Amazing.

But some with a few individual great moments include DEADPOOL, AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 1 and 2, MAN OF STEEL, THOR, HULK, SPIDER-MAN....

 
 
 Posted:   May 21, 2019 - 6:10 AM   
 By:   keky   (Member)

The Dark Knight or Man of Steel. Can't decide which one.

 
 
 Posted:   May 21, 2019 - 6:18 AM   
 By:   BrendonKelly   (Member)

The Amazing Spider-Man - James Horner
Superman Returns - John Ottman
Thor: The Dark World - Brian Tyler
Avengers: Endgame - Alan Silvestri
Captain Marvel - Pinar Toprak
Wonder Woman- Rupert Gregson-Williams

Loving Shazam! as well...

 
 Posted:   May 21, 2019 - 8:34 AM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

Using a list of 2000's superhero films...

"Unbreakable" is my pick.

Worth follow up titles:
"The Incredibles"
"X-Men"




What a bad decade for superhero film scores!

 
 Posted:   May 21, 2019 - 8:49 AM   
 By:   Tom Servo   (Member)

Using a list of 2000's superhero films...

"Unbreakable" is my pick.

Worth follow up titles:
"The Incredibles"
"X-Men"




What a bad decade for superhero film scores!


I completely disagree! In looking back over some of my most listened-to scores from the last 19 years, many are from the current crop of superhero series. Those would include:

X-MEN: THE LAST STAND
X2
X-MEN: FIRST CLASS
THE DARK KNIGHT TRILOGY
SUPERMAN RETURNS
CAPTAIN AMERICA: FIRST AVENGER
THOR: RAGNAROK
AVENGERS: ENDGAME
IRON MAN 3
DOCTOR STRANGE
UNBREAKABLE

 
 Posted:   May 21, 2019 - 8:49 AM   
 By:   Yavar Moradi   (Member)

Kev you list Elfman's Hellboy II but not Beltrami's original Hellboy score? That one's even better, IMO!

My pick is probably JNH's Unbreakable. Really wish he'd gotten the Batman trilogy to score solo. Favorite Marvel scores are Christophe Beck's.

Yavar

 
 
 Posted:   May 21, 2019 - 9:07 AM   
 By:   Kev McGann   (Member)

I just never could get into Beltrami's HELLBOY score that much, Yavar, try as I might.
I much prefer the Elfman sequel score as his music is more in my wheelhouse.

 
 Posted:   May 21, 2019 - 9:35 AM   
 By:   other tallguy   (Member)

I actually like a lot more than I'm told I'm supposed to.

Since the topic is Score and not Theme (otherwise Captain America wins in a walk):

(Not especially in order)
The Incredibles
Man of Steel (come at me)
Doctor Strange
Spider-Man Homecoming
Thor
Iron Man 3
X-Men

 
 Posted:   May 21, 2019 - 9:49 AM   
 By:   Sean Nethery   (Member)

Overall favorites in order:

Hellboy - Beltrami
X2 - Ottman
X-Men First Class - Jackman
X-Men The Last Stand - Powell


Marvel MCU favorites no order:

Captain America The First Avenger
Doctor Strange
Thor Ragnarok
And the Jackman Captain America scores are growing on me.


But best overall mix of score and songs in any superhero movie since 2000 has gotta be Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse. Just brilliant, like everything else in this film. (Black Panther excellent as well, but not so much connection with the characters, which is what makes Spider-Verse the winner.)

 
 
 Posted:   May 21, 2019 - 10:37 AM   
 By:   Spymaster   (Member)

If I'm picking one then it's Horner's The Amazing Spider-man.

 
 
 Posted:   May 21, 2019 - 11:10 AM   
 By:   ddddeeee   (Member)

Elfman's Spider-Man.

 
 
 Posted:   May 21, 2019 - 11:21 AM   
 By:   Reeve   (Member)

Thankfully; Warner Bros decided to allow John Ottman to compose a sequel score in the style of John Williams.

SUPERMAN RETURNS

Unfortunate though, that Ottman never got the opportunity to expand on his themes. I wanted to hear more variations on the "Personal Theme"...

Also - for me; that was the last great Super-hero flick - the rest of the films these days - are too "dark" for my liking.

Honourable mention: Danny Elfman: SPIDER-MAN

 
 Posted:   May 21, 2019 - 3:07 PM   
 By:   Ray Worley   (Member)

Far and away the best:
Alan Silvestri's AVENGERS

#2 - X MEN: FIRST CLASS
#3 - CAPTAIN MARVEL

Biggest disappointments and largely the only major superhero scores I didn't purchase:
All the "Dark Knight" scores and "Man of Steel"

 
 Posted:   May 21, 2019 - 3:46 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

TDKR
TAS
X2
TFA
S2
MTA

 
 Posted:   May 21, 2019 - 3:47 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

If I'm picking one then it's Horner's The Amazing Spider-man.

Yes. Really fine work!

 
 Posted:   May 21, 2019 - 3:59 PM   
 By:   acathla   (Member)

Definitley Kick-Ass and Kick-Ass 2!! They are so awesome!!

Really bugs be that the first movie never got a CD release frown

 
 
 Posted:   May 21, 2019 - 4:33 PM   
 By:   GenghisIIMaoIVKhan   (Member)

Giacchino's music for SKY HIGH is fun.

 
 
 Posted:   May 21, 2019 - 5:00 PM   
 By:   jkannry   (Member)

Iron Man 3
X-Men First Class
Captain America the First Avenger
Captain Winter Soldier
The Avengers
The Avengers Endgame

 
 
 Posted:   May 21, 2019 - 5:58 PM   
 By:   barryfan   (Member)

The Dark Knight BY FAR my favorite

Runner up: Spider Man Homecoming

 
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