Of course, there are several reasons why we’re drawn to superheroes and superheroines. Whether it’s their super powers or their ability to fight crime, the modern superhero seems to be depicted a bit differently than the heroes of old. Take Mr. Incredible, for example. Instead of wondering whether or not he will ever grow old or get married, we watch him settle down with his wife, Elastigirl, and empathize with his struggles working a day job. In place of Mr. Incredible rescuing his demure wife and innocent kids, we cheer as the family of Incredibles work together to defeat Syndrome.
Sheet music for superhero movies and TV shows also seems to have evolved over time. Take the theme song from The Incredibles, for example. Dubbed “The Incredits,” this jazzy theme song has a very upbeat feel. The Glory Days is another recognizable song that you might recall from The Incredibles Soundtrack. Written by Michael Giacchino, sheet music for The Incredibles (Score) seems to have come a long way since we first listened to superhero theme songs from when they were first introduced. We turned to the blogosphere and found a comic aficionado who wrote a really interesting post about the first superhero TV shows. Here’s an interesting quote from the article:
The first wave of superhero movies were mostly shorts and serials. As far as I can tell this wave started in the early ’40s and continued, with gaps, until Superman and the Mole Men in 1951. Then that was it for superhero movies for a long time; the only one I could find between Superman and the Mole Men and Superman: The Movie in 1978 was the 1966 movie based on the Batman TV show. Superman and the Mole Men was also the predecessor for the first superhero TV show, The Adventures of Superman which ran from ’52 through ’58. –SOURCE: Legion Abstract Blog
Superman. Batman. “V.” Mr. Incredible. No matter who your favorite superhero is, they all seem to have one thing in common — they are truly “super.” No matter what their appeal is to you, one thing is certain: superheroes (and superheroines) continue to be popular. From a musical perspective, it’s interesting to watch the evolution of how much emphasis has been placed on popular artists and musicians to create a superhero soundtrack that works.
Take V for Vendetta, for example, and its use of classical music. The 1812 Overture in E Flat, Opus 49 by Tchaikovsky was integrated into the graphic novel-turned-film “V for Vendetta.” Based on the graphic novel written by Alan Moore, both the songs Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony and the more contemporary Street Fighting Man made it into the movie — but interestingly enough I wasn’t able to find them on the official soundtrack.
While writing this post, we found a few other superhero and superheroine theme songs that you might enjoy playing. (They also might be great inspiration to get your kids to practice, too!)
Sheet Music for Songs used in Superhero Films and TV Shows
Can you find your favorite superhero or superheroine in this list? Which comic book character do you enjoy following and why?
- IRON MAN — Of course, who can forget Iron Man, summer’s blockbuster hit that made the song, Iron Man by Black Sabbath, epic.
INDIANA JONES: Many of us cheered when we heard the theme song from Indiana Jones in this summer’s release of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
INCREDIBLE HULK: There have been two films now for the green giant, but who can forget the theme song from Incredible Hulk TV show?
CATWOMAN: The song Same Direction by Hoobastank was integrated into the contemporary soundtrack for the movie Catwoman, starring Halle Berry.
BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER: One of my favorite superheroines, I think fondly of the girl with the stake who slays vampires. Another contemporary take on what a superheroine should be, every time I hear the theme song from Buffy the Vampire Slayer I have to smile. I was surprised to see that we have music from the episode where Buffy and her friends sing their way around Sunnydale. In this collection of sheet music from Buffy, I’d have to say that the song written by Joss Whedon called Walk Through the Fire is outstanding.
TRANSFORMERS: What I’ve Done by Linkin Park was one of several songs added to the Transformers movie soundtrack. Bumblebee, who first started out as a VW bug in the original TV show and was later transformed into a Chevy Camaro, communicates through music in the movie. How many songs can you recognize that he “speaks”? We also have the theme song for Sam and Mikaela. Before It’s Too Late by The Goo Goo Dolls is definitely their song.
BARTMAN: When I was writing this post, one of my team members reminded me that Bart Simpson was a superhero once. Do you remember Bartman from The Simpson’s Movie?
X-MEN: Whether you enjoyed X-Men III: the Last Stand or not, it’s hard to imagine the films without the official theme song from X-Men.
LARA CROFT: Lara Croft is one more of my favorite superheroines, because I view her to be a “capable” superheroine who is almost a more contemporary, female version of Indiana Jones. I enjoy listening to music from the Lara Croft soundtracks like this song: Pandora’s Box from Lara Croft: Cradle of Life.
MIGHTY MOUSE: I remember watching re-runs of this as a kid. Here I come to save the day! The Mighty Mouse theme song is a lot of fun to sing and play!
ELEKTRA: Another superheroine film with a lot of popular artists, Elektra had a lot of “deep” moments in the film with music to match. One of the songs played in the movie Elektra was Breathe No More by Evanescence.
DAREDEVIL: Of course, you can’t talk about Elektra without talking about Daredevil.
My Immortal by Evanescence was played in the movie Daredevil. It seems that Elektra and Daredevil have more than just a story to share.
HARRY POTTER: Is Harry Potter a hero? Well, in every film (and book) he strives to defeat Voldemort. We’ve watched him fall down, only to get back up again to fight for what’s right. While Harry may not be a hero in the traditional sense, he certainly is to fans around the world. Probably the most recognizable song in our sheet music for the movies, is the theme song from Harry potter called Hedwig’s Theme.
WATCHMEN: While the soundtrack and film haven’t yet been released, the web continues to be buzzing about this superhero film based on the graphic novel by Alan Moore. We have sheet music for the Watchmen trailer, and we’ll definitely keep an eye out for more music.
We hope you enjoyed this look into sheet music and songs from superhero movies, and we encourage you to let us know what you think. Thanks for reading, and until next time…stay “InTune”!